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Woman Of The Dunes [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui, Sen Yano
  • Directors: Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • Writers: Eiko Yoshida, Kôbô Abe
  • Producers: Kiichi Ichikawa, Tadashi Ôno
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: Japanese
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Connoisseur
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CMCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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An entymologist finds himself trapped in a large sand pit with a mysterious and alluring woman. He is forced to continually shovel sand in order to keep from being buried alive. Teshigahara's film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1964.


A bizarre and austere thriller with more than a touch of Samuel Beckett, Woman of the Dunes can be read as an oblique allegory of human existence. An entomologist, Niki, on an expedition to a desert region, gets cut off from his party and spends the night with a young tribal widow who lives at the bottom of a huge sand-pit. The next morning, he finds he's trapped in the pit, unable to escape. The rest of the tribe, it seems, has decided he's the woman's ideal mate. She's very attractive, but Niki's a city boy through and through, can't speak her language, and the main activity on offer (besides sex) is dredging up the drifting sand that constantly threatens to engulf the pit. Observing Niki's struggle to escape with the same detachment that the entomologist bestowed on his insects, Teshigahara treats his subject with quiet, ironic humour. But behind the story (from a novel by the great Japanese writer Kobo Abe) there's an implied philosophical theme about acceptance and harmony. And in its close, vivid attention to the textures of sand and flesh, the photography is deeply sensuous. --Philip Kemp

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