Hadaka no shima (Naked Island)
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Hadaka no shima (Naked Island)
The titular island in this Japanese domestic drama is an agrarian flyspeck, almost completely cut off from contact with the mainland. Here the island's residents mechanically go through their everyday farming tasks. The film concentrates on a family of five, content with their existence despite its hardships. When the oldest son dies, it is the first of many devastating blows that nearly rip the family asunder. Originally titled Hadaka No Shima, the film was also released as Naked Island. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Graceful goodbyes are said, then life moves on. The characters' urge for survival wins out, even if you're left shattered."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The Naked Island borders on kitsch. Still, once seen it is not easily forgotten-the myth of Sisyphus transposed to Tahiti."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"'The Island/Hadaka no shima' could be depressing were it not for stark poetry of conception and realization by cinematographer Kiyomi Kuroda."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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