Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna)
Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna) (1964)

When entomologist Jumpei (Eiji Okada) travels to sand dunes on an expedition, he is met by a group of people who offer him a place to spend the night. They soon lead him to a house at the bottom of a sandpit. Upon climbing into the pit, he… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 1964
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Woman in the Dunes remains a masterpiece, a timeless contemplation of life's essential mystery and a triumph of bold, innovative style.

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Witney Seibold

'Woman in the Dunes' is much more than a sumptuous visual experience. It is also a supremely unnerving fable of deterioration and purgatorial breakdown.

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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times

Teshigahara's direction and Segawa's camera-work often render the mundane startling and new, a claim that only good films can make.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A strongly allegorical, strangely engrossing film.

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

tantalizingly enigmatic

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In stunningly composed images by Teshigahara and cinematographer Hiroshi Segawa, that eroticism becomes overwhelming.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

More than almost any other film I can think of, Woman in the Dunes' uses visuals to create a tangible texture -- of sand, of skin, of water seeping into sand and changing its nature.

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Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday

The couple's grimly inescapable dilemma becomes hugely complex and terrifyingly resonant -- a sexualised version of the Sisyphus myth, recounted with a distinct touch of Bu˝uelian absurdism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
An entomologist looking for bugs (he's looking for a specific one that will make a name for him in his peer group) in the sand of a seaside town misses the… More
danny d
"are you shoveling to survive, or surviving to shovel?" one lead asks this of the other, and it is a telling question because it was the same… More
Stella Dallas
the film is certainly gorgeous. the sand is mesmerizing. i didn't find it as 'erotic' as some however. i got the larger point about the… More
Stephen M
An entomologist, collecting specimens among some coastal sand dunes, is tricked by a group of villagers into spending the night at the house of a woman who… More
Randy Tippy
There is enough symbolism here to keep a whole team of cinematic existentialists busy for months. At its core, it's a film about a man who gets trapped in… More
El Hombre Invisible
This darkly, beautiful and hypnotic tale works perfectly well if taken on a purely aesthetic level. The most immediate and striking thing about it is the look.… More