Rent Woman of the Dunes (1964)

4.1 of 5 from 115 ratings
2h 21min
Rent Woman of the Dunes (aka Suna No Onna) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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When teacher Junpei Niki misses his last bus home after a day out collecting insects on a remote stretch of coast, he is invited by a local villager to take shelter in a young widow's ramshackle hut. Ignoring the fact that her home is at the bottom of a sandpit accessible only by rope ladder, he accepts this hospitality without realising he is the victim of a cruel trick. Trapped, he is forced into an uneasy life with this woman, sharing with her the Sisyphean task of shoveling the sand that threatens to engulf them.
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Kôbô Abe
Suna No Onna
BFI Video
Classics, Drama, Romance
Japan, Classics, Drama, Romance

1964 Cannes Jury Special Prize

Release Date:
Run Time:
141 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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Reviews (3) of Woman of the Dunes

Japanese Classic - Woman of the Dunes review by Steve Mason

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Sensual, unique allegory of itinerant entomologist who finds himself trapped with/by a placid, submissive woman who seems to have accepted her life, continually digging out the pit of sand which serves as her home. Intriguing, engaging, and ultimately heartbreaking.

The photography is unforgettable. The pacing is superb. The performance, in particular, of Kyoko Kishidi is a marvel.

Wonderful Japanese art film. Once seen, never forgotten.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Thought provoking allegory on life. - Woman of the Dunes review by ME

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Very deep film, so be patient and it will reward you. Beautiful close-up photography of characters and sand (yes, sand!). But what does the sand really represent?

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Pure and Fearsome - Woman of the Dunes review by joannajuki

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This is a hypnotic film. A man is captured by a hidden dune-locked community, but his jailer is a beautiful woman. They are locked together in a life and death struggle against the encroaching sand, and while he takes every opportunity to escape, they can't escape their physical attraction. The grit intrudes and binds them, but she shyly asks, aren't the women in Tokyo more beautiful? He brushes aside this question with a derisive "Don't be stupid."

Pain, pregnancy, quicksand, conspiracy - an uneven playing field between man and woman that sinks them both. The long, intimate takes, the silence of the characters, emphasize inexorable and threatening presence of the sands. I wanted to see it again, having seen it in the 70s, but I still don't remember the ending.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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