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Woman in the Dunes
Haunting. Erotic. Unforgettable.
Jumpei Niki, a Tokyo based entomologist and educator, is in a poor seaside village collecting specimens of sand insects. As it is late in the day and as he has missed the last bus back to the city, some of the local villagers suggest that he spend the night there, they offering to find him a place to stay.
It just doesn’t get any more absorbing, provocative, existential and beautifully shot than this! Woman in the Dunes is only my first Hiroshi Teshigahara film and it absolutely floored me with the excellent performances, claustrophobic atmosphere, introspective look into the human condition and isolation, visual allegories, memorable dialogue and an unnerving musical score which reminded me of Mica Levi’s work in Under the Skin to some degree. There are many impressive shots of sand slithering downward, having a constant menacing aspect to them. After all, our protagonists are forced to live in this pit because of sand and they end up finding purpose in living on those circumstances. You also get a strong sense of fellowship throughout the film, emphasizing traditional Japanese family and community values. Overall, Woman in the Dunes is a remarkable gem and a must-see for every film enthusiast!
Words haven't been coming for me lately. But I cannot stop thinking of this movie. It felt to me like I had traveled back in time and caught a late night transmission of some forgotten dystopian sf film on TV. I felt like I imagined my father feeling as he must have seeing 2001 for the first time. When he took Polaroids of himself and friends wrote on them, "Observe the stoner in his natural habitat. Note the glazed look on his face and complete disconnection from reality." Alone with an accumulating set of empty soda cans, I felt like something was happening to me. Everything in this film just sung straight to me. Through me.…
You know those times where you have to go to a party, family gathering or any other event that you really don't want to and there's no way to get out of it or escape? Woman in the Dunes is that situation, except this time you're the only one invited and instead of a nice, secure house you're stuck in a small hut surrounded by mountains of sand and limited supplies. It's brilliant.
The story follows Junpei, a school teacher who, from what I can make of it, is on a three day desert adventure to catch unique insects and escape from the irritations of his life. After some wonderful, sprawling shots of desert vistas, Junpei is soon found stuck…
''Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?''
Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1964 Woman in the Dunes; the centrepiece of a Triptych including 1962's Pitfall and 1966's The Face of Another is quite a work of genius. While it's visual language and unique setting is astonishing, it is allegorically and metaphorically equally as rich and demanding of analysis.
The plot involves Jumpei Niki, a Tokyo based entomologist and school teacher being entrapped by a group of villagers in a poor seaside town. He is cast into a pit of sand which houses a woman, who seems to exist to simply keep the sand from swallowing up her abode. When he discovers that he is in-fact imprisoned as a companion for the…
"No, no, dig up, stupid." -- Chief Clancy Wiggum
"That sand just ruins everything, doesn't it?"
Or else makes it all very sexy. Hard to tell.
Anyway, tactile cinema at its very best.
Wow! This movie blew me away.
this would be a good like, half-hour episode of a tv show? as it is, it makes its point and makes its point and makes its point... i'd forgive it if the visuals were fantastic but (though i did have a bad print) they never engaged me enough to distract me from the utterly immobile plot
Really superb filmmaking on many levels but not the best choice for a morning film. Would have liked to have seen it in the cinema experience.
Capitalist Man feels the weight and (basically) slavery of capital when not in his favour, but it remains the woman as an unacknowledged servant of the Sand. Man seeks to fulfill ambition; woman makes the tea and bathes the man. But that's merely a fraction of how you may look at the film.
But one thing is absolute: Anakin was right. Sand sucks.
July Scavenger Hunt | Film #14, Task #9 - A movie set in the desert or in a tropical region.
There's no denying that Woman in the Dunes is a masterfully shot film. Beautiful to look at, and the great score makes the film very mysterious and almost hypnotic. Eiji Okada and Kyoko Kishida both deliver excellent performances.
The truth is, I didn't fall in love with it. It started like an intriguing and absorbing story, but after an hour or so, it became repetitive and drawn-out and I just lost interest in it.
I'm glad I finally saw this film, but I don't think I'll ever feel like watching it again. That saddens me a bit.
Very captivating movie with intense shots and beautiful cinematography. The story is interesting and it lingers when it is done after watching the movie. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommended to watch it.
It is easy to get impatient with Woman in the Dunes because after it makes its point, it makes it a few more times during its two and a half hour running time. This story of a man trapped in a sand pit with a mysterious woman and his attempts to escape might seem like something from Samuel Beckett by way of Robert Bresson, but it is, in fact, a one-of-a-kind film experience and one of the most visually hypnotic movies ever made. Director Hiroshi Teshigahara is a master of light and shadow and how they bring tension to the surface of things (He received an Oscar nomination from the Academy who rarely recognizes little-seen enigmatic films). My attention hung…
An episode of The Outer Limits scripted by Sartre; the metaphors are carefully worked out -- Sisyphus, entomology, etc -- but it's all about the environment-horror, Man! vs Sand!, like one of those Ballard novels where the world becomes a place that's no longer hospitable to human life. And the sand is a legit existential threat, it's overwhelming + relentless + scary.
But the ending is banal.. And it's about 45 minutes too long.
“Woman in the Dunes” is based on the novel of the same name by Japanese novelist Kobo Abe. I have read the novel and the film is probably the closest adaptation of a novel to a film that I have ever seen, which really is not surprising, considering that Abe wrote the script for the film as well. Both the book and film present a very bizarre plot as an existential or nihilist metaphor for life itself. Though, like most metaphors, it can be interpreted in a variety of ways, they all lead basically to the same themes: the unimportance of the individual in the modern world; the unimportance of the individual human and individual human actions in the scope…
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