Woman in the Dunes

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara • 1964 • Japan

One of the 1960s' great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic world of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in a vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema's most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle, an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director.

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Woman in the Dunes
  • Woman in the Dunes

    Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara • 1964 • Japan

    One of the 1960s' great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic world of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to...

Extras

  • Video Essay

    The following video essay about WOMAN IN THE DUNES, by James Quandt of the Cinematheque Ontario (now TIFF Cinematheque), was recorded in 2007.

  • Teshigahara and Abe

    The following documentary, detailing the working relationship between director Hiroshi Teshigahara and writer Kobo Abe, features interviews with critics and a number of the filmmaker’s associates and friends, including film programmer and professor Richard Peña, Japanese-film scholars Donald Rich...

  • Hokusai

    In his first short film, Hiroshi Teshigahara explores the work of the wood-block artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849).

  • Ikebana

    The Sogetsu School of Ikebana, now a center for modern sculpture and pottery, was originally renowned for its instruction in the art of flower arranging. In this documentary, Hiroshi Teshigahara presents the Sogetsu School and its founder and grand master, his father, Sofu Teshigahara.

  • Tokyo 1958

    Hiroshi Teshigahara created TOKYO 1958 with the collaboration of eight other filmmakers: Susumu Hani, Zenzo Matsuyama, Yoshiro Kawazu, Kyushiro Kusakabe, Kanzaburo Mushanokoji, Sadamu Maruo, Ryuichiro Sakisaka, and Masahiro Ogi.

  • Ako

    Depicting one night in the life of a young girl and her rowdy friends, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s AKO—also known as WHITE MORNING—was part of an omnibus film titled LA FLEUR DE L’ÂGE OU LES ADOLESCENTES, commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada.