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The Naked Island

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Original title
Hadaka no shima
Year
Running time
98 min.
Country
Japan Japan
Director
Screenwriter
Kaneto Shindô
Music
Hikaru Hayashi
Cinematography
Kiyoshi Kuroda (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Kindai Eiga Kyokai
Genre
Drama | Small Town Life (Non-North American)
Synopsis / Plot
Deals with the intolerably hard life of a family of four, the only inhabitants of a very small Japanese island in the Setonaikai archipelago. Several times a day they row over to the neighboring island to fetch water for their miserable fields. One day the boys catch a big fish, which is sold in the city. Shortly after, the older boy falls ill. The father is desperately trying to find the doctor, while Taro is dying. After the funeral which is attended by the dead boy's classmates, the mother experiences a short fit of rebellion against their hard fate. But then resumes watering the plants.
Awards
1962: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Film
1962: National Board of Review: Top Foreign Films
1961: Moscow Film Festival: Gran Prix
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