The Naked Island






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        Kaneto Shindo
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        • Director: Kaneto Shindo
          Format: Subtitled, PAL
          Language: Japanese
          Subtitles: English
          Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
          Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
          Number of discs: 1
          Classification: PG

          Studio: Eureka Entertainment
          DVD Release Date: 25 Jul 2005
          Run Time: 94 minutes




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        The Naked Island

        Kaneto Shindo, 1960

      • Filmed on the virtually deserted Setonaikai archipelago in south-west Japan, The Naked Island was made — in the words of its director — “as a ‘cinematic poem’ to try and capture the life of human beings struggling like ants against the forces of nature”. Kaneto Shindo, director of Onibaba (MoC #13) and Kuroneko (MoC #14), made the film with his own production company, Kindaï Eiga Kyokai, who were facing financial ruin at the time. Using one-tenth of the average budget, Shindo took one last impassioned risk to make this film. With his small crew, they relocated to an inn on the island of Mihari where, for two months in early 1960, they would make what they considered to be their last film.

        The Naked Island tells the story of a small family unit and their subsistence as the only inhabitants of an arid, sun-baked island. Daily chores, captured as a series of cyclical events, result in a hypnotising, moving, and beautiful film harkening back to the silent era. With hardly any dialogue, Shindo combines the stark ‘Scope cinematography of Kiyoshi Kuroda with the memorable score of his constant collaborator Hikaru Hayashi, to make a unique cinematic document.

        Shindo, who had worked with both Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa, shot to international fame with the astounding Children of Hiroshima (1952). Eight years later, the BAFTA-nominated The Naked Island won the Grand Prix at Moscow International Film Festival (where Luchino Visconti was a jury member). It is now considered to be one of Shindo’s major works, and its success saved his film company from bankruptcy. The experience of making The Naked Island led Shindo to appreciate ‘collective film production’, and has been his preferred method of making films ever since. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release The Naked Island for the first time on home video in the UK.



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          SPECIAL FEATURES
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        • Newly restored transfer, anamorphic 2.35:1 OAR
        • Full-length audio commentary by director Kaneto Shindo and composer Hikaru Hayashi
        • Video introduction by Alex Cox
        • Optional English subtitles
        • Production stills gallery
        • 24-page booklet with a new essay by Acquarello, and a reprint of Joan Mellen’s interview with Shindo from Voices from the Japanese Cinema

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          Japan | 93 min. ---------------------------------------------------------------
          2.35:1 OAR anamorphic
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          black & white
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          monaural
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