The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima)
The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima) (1960)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 23, 1960
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2016
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David Fear
Time Out

Graceful goodbyes are said, then life moves on. The characters' urge for survival wins out, even if you're left shattered.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'The Island/Hadaka no shima' could be depressing were it not for stark poetry of conception and realization by cinematographer Kiyomi Kuroda.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The Naked Island borders on kitsch. Still, once seen it is not easily forgotten-the myth of Sisyphus transposed to Tahiti.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Once its rhythms are set and we get to know the characters through their actions and interactions, The Naked Island develops a surprisingly strong narrative and emotional allure

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Stella Dallas
magnificent cinematography and the film is nearly without dialogue. between swaying boats on the water and the hypnotic music it lulled me to sleep a couple… More