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The Criterion Collection - The Naked Island

The Criterion Collection - The Naked Island

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Official Release Date May 17, 2016
Starring Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka
Director Kaneto Shindō
Screen Format Widescreen
Video Format 2.35:1
Audio LPCM Mono
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Year 1960
Running Time 96 minutes
Genre Drama
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0007936382
Item Code  0715515176910


  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Video introduction by director Kaneto Shindo, recorded for a 2011 retrospective of his work
  • Audio commentary recorded in 2000, featuring Shindo and composer Hikaru Hayashi
  • New appreciation of the film by actor Benicio Del Toro
  • New interview with film scholar Akira Mizuta Lippit
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Haden Guest


Director Kaneto Shindo’s documentary-like, dialogue-free portrayal of daily struggle is a work of stunning visual beauty and invention. The international breakthrough for one of Japan’s most innovative filmmakers—who went on to make other unique masterworks such as Onibaba and Kuroneko—The Naked Island follows a family whose home is on a tiny, remote island in the Japanese archipelago. They must row a great distance to another shore, collect water from a well in buckets, and row back to their island—a nearly backbreaking task essential for the survival of these people and their land. Featuring a phenomenal modernist score by Hikaru Hayashi, this is a truly hypnotic experience, with a rhythm unlike that of any other film.


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