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The Naked Island

Film/Video

Image courtesy of Janus Films
The Naked Island
Kaneto Shindo, 1960
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 7 PM
A landmark of Japanese cinema, The Naked Island depicts a family of poor farmers struggling for existence on a nearly deserted archipelago in southwest Japan.

Recalling the windswept landscape inhabited by the family, Shindo has stripped his film to the bare essentials: no spoken dialogue, little plot, and bracing black-and-white cinematography. (94 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.