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Woman in the Dunes(砂の女)

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Japan · 1964
2h 27m
Director Hiroshi Teshigahara
Starring Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Ginzô Sekiguchi, Kôji Mitsui
Genre Drama, Thriller

An entomologist misses the last bus home while exploring for insects in a series of sand dunes and is persuaded by local villagers to spend the night with a young widow in her hut. He quickly realizes that he has been enslaved by the villagers and must plot his escape.

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Sometimes viewed as a response to Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour, Woman in the Dunes is a quintessential film of the Japanese New Wave. Mixing existential philosophy with the visceral portrayal of two people struggling to survive in the most adverse of conditions, the images you see in this film leave you craving for more. You can literally feel the sand and hear the wind bearing down on these bodies. Simply incredible. A must watch.

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