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The Naked Island


Image courtesy of Janus Films

The Naked Island
Kaneto Shindo, 1960

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

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.

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