Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara

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Overview

When entomologist Jumpei (Eiji Okada) travels to sand dunes on an expedition, he is met by a group of people who offer him a place to spend the night. They soon lead him to a house at the bottom of a sandpit. Upon climbing into the pit, he finds a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) living alone. Placed there by the villagers, her task is to dig sand out of the pit — not only so that they can avoid getting buried, but so that the locals can use it for construction. The next morning, when Jumpei attempts to leave, he ...
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Overview

When entomologist Jumpei (Eiji Okada) travels to sand dunes on an expedition, he is met by a group of people who offer him a place to spend the night. They soon lead him to a house at the bottom of a sandpit. Upon climbing into the pit, he finds a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) living alone. Placed there by the villagers, her task is to dig sand out of the pit — not only so that they can avoid getting buried, but so that the locals can use it for construction. The next morning, when Jumpei attempts to leave, he finds that the ladder which brought him into the pit is no longer there and the villagers inform him that he must stay and help the woman dig. After trying to get out of the pit, Jumpei takes his anger out on the woman—only to soon become her lover. After some time, he slowly gives in to accepting his predicament. This interesting story takes a simple yet effective route in philosophical allegory, focusing upon the couple's oppressive confinement and the force of their physical attraction to each other in spite of—or because of—their situation. Taken from the novel by Kobo Abe, director/producer Hiroshi Teshigahara completed this visually stunning feature on a budget of only $100,000. Winning a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1964, the poetic Woman in the Dunes would go on to be nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film (1964) and Best Director (1965).
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Special Features

New restored high-definition digital transfers > Video essays on all three Films by critic and festival programmer James Quandt > A new documentary about the working realtionship between director Hiroshi Teshigahara and writer Kobo Abe, including interviews with Japanies-film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato > Four short film by Teshigahara: Hokusai (1953), Ikebana (1956), Tokyo 1958 (1958), and Ako (1965) > Theatrical trailers > New and improved English subtitle translations > PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Peter Grilli, Howard Hampton, Audi Bock, and James Quandt, as well as a Max Tessier interview with Teshigahara
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • UPC: 715515024624
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 8:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,171

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Supplements to Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara
1. New Modernist Cinema [2:06]
2. Sofu Teshigahara [7:25]
3. Sogetsu Rumpus Room [4:12]
4. Unique Collaboration [6:30]
5. Existentialist Leanings [5:27]
6. Tradition and Discovery [8:42]
Disc #2 -- The Face of Another A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:37]
2. X-Ray [1:04]
3. Buried Alive [5:57]
4. Vacation Time [3:16]
5. Mask [5:01]
6. Room for Rent [3:24]
7. Jealousy [2:50]
8. Monsters [4:44]
9. Psychiatric Hospital [4:56]
10. Invisible Man [4:19]
11. Proposition [8:37]
12. New Face [10:02]
13. Maiden Voyage [5:55]
14. Yo-Yo [9:56]
15. A Test [8:16]
16. Waltz [3:16]
17. Alibi [5:12]
18. Seduction [16:22]
19. Masquerade [10:09]
20. Freedom [5:53]
Disc #3 -- Woman in the Dunes A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:19]
2. Collector [7:08]
3. Village [3:38]
4. Woman [2:08]
5. Beetles [7:07]
6. Work [6:33]
7. Escape [7:22]
8. Captive [6:18]
9. Deception [7:09]
10. Rations [4:38]
11. Suffering [3:22]
12. Ideas [4:22]
13. Sand [8:19]
14. Visions [5:40]
15. Rescue [4:42]
16. Diversions [4:51]
17. Bath [3:53]
18. Rope [2:11]
19. Failure [8:16]
20. Three Months [7:08]
21. Business [3:26]
22. Masks [6:51]
23. Water [7:27]
24. December [5:56]
25. Help! [3:26]
26. Ocean [7:15]
Disc #4 -- Pitfall A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:49]
2. Coal Mine [3:37]
3. Dogs and Miners [4:06]
4. Deserters [4:33]
5. New Job [4:37]
6. Candy Shop [3:00]
7. Man in White [3:23]
8. Witness [8:23]
9. Ghost Town [4:49]
10. Police Report [4:05]
11. Crime Scene [3:46]
12. To Rest In Peace [5:27]
13. Investigation [1:11]
14. A Woman Alone [3:39]
15. Traps [4:21]
16. Suspects [6:09]
17. Another Murder [:20]
18. Dead and Alive [7:52]
19. Fatal Struggle [7:49]
20. Reason to Kill [6:09]
21. Scared and Alone [2:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Supplements to Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara
   Teshigahara and Abe
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      Index
   Short Films
      Hokusai
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      Ikebana
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      Tokyo 1958
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      Ako
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   Subtitles
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Disc #2 -- The Face of Another A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Video Essay
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   Trailer
   Subtitles
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Disc #3 -- Woman in the Dunes A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
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   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Video Essay
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   Trailer
   Subtitles
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Disc #4 -- Pitfall A Film By Hiroshi Teshigahara
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   Chapters
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   Video Essay
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   Trailer
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