Woman in the Dunes Review
By Christopher Null
Japanese entemologist hunts for bugs in an unnamed desert (it's not in Japan, anyway). That night, he's swallowed up in a sinkhole, where he finds a woman living in a hut at the bottom. Together they strike up a strange relationship, making oddball love by night, while the entemologist tries to climb out of the hole every day. What's a Japanese woman doing living in a hole in the desert? What does she eat in that hole? Never mind -- the answers aren't forthcoming, and you aren't supposed to think about them anyway. As atmospheric and as symbolism-filled as a Dali painting, Woman in the Dunes is an early forerunner to modern experimental film.
Aka Sunna no onna.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Sunday 25th October 1964
Distributed by: Criterion Collection
Production compaines: Teshigahara Productions, Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Cast & Crew
Starring: Eiji Okada as Niki Jumpei, Kyoko Kishida as The Woman, Hiroko Itô as Entomologist's wife (in flashbacks)