This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
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…
"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.
''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…
Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes is, without a doubt, the best film I have watched all year. Originally based off Kōbō Abe’s novel of the same name, Woman in the Dunes tells the story of a man and a woman. The plot is simple. An entomologist, played to perfection by Eiji Okada, is locating insects on the sea of a poor village. He misses the last bus back to his city. He ends up spending the night with a local woman, played by Kyoko Kishida, at the recommendation of the villagers. Kishida was the weakest link of the film for me. She was nowhere near being bad, but her performance could not come close to Okada’s. When the man…
"No, no, dig up, stupid." -- Chief Clancy Wiggum
Cualquier cosa que haga Teshigahara es maravillosa.
The desert may be dry, but Woman in the Dunes is steamy.
You have to respect a film which can make its scene sensual rather than just boobs, boobs, boobs.
On top of that, it's an interesting concept/plot which is well paced, and despite its age and lack of colour, the film is beautiful. It also has such a grippingly tense score.
This just a great example of how to make a movie.
Beautifully executed fable on stripping life of its excess and finding purpose in routine and providing for your family. It breaks down the family unit while also rebuilding it. Pitch perfect performances by the two leads playing NIki and the Woman. Gorgeous camera work. Other worldly score that colors in the narrative with an extra dimension of uncertainty. Compelling from beginning to end. It's one of the most exquisitely made Twilight Zone episodes you'll see.
At its best, this demented love story is an absolute thriller, chronicling the kidnapping and imprisonment of one man by a rural Japanese village. Unfortunately, this intriguing premise loses momentum and is all but buried by its 2 1/2 hour running time.
Sand has never been and never will be more terrifying.
Beckett, meet Sisyphus.
Bleak. Drowning in sand. Creates such a vivid feeling of touch in its imagery. Teshigahara is a madman. Strong performances, wholly unique cinematography. A terrific accomplishment.
"Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?"
Haunting. Agonising. Disturbing. Raw. Powerful. These are just a few of many buzzwords that could be used to describe Hiroshi Teshigahara's 'Woman in the Dunes', but no words can truly encapsulate such an awe-inspiring work. A film that's intimate in scale, but grand in cinematic ambition.
A masterpiece, but one that I don't think I could ever watch again.
I could also go the rest of my life without seeing another grain of sand.
An absolutely tremendous and eerie film from Hiroshi Teshigahara that explores a man tripped inside sand dunes with a woman where they struggle to survive as it one of the finest depictions of eroticism in cinema.
Boy, I had no idea what I was in for when I decided to watch this film. I would definitely say that from the cover one may expect something different from thihs film. It's a at times hypnotic and always tense thriller that seems a little scatterbrained, but there's always a red line. Our main man is a school teacher with a focus on entomology who is in the desert looking for insects. He misses the last bus and is convinced to stay the night by the locals who seem relatively normal, but actually live in pits in the desert in a sort of tribal society where everyone helps everyone, to a certain extent. He is dropped of with a…
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