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Woman in the Dunes Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jampei Niki, Kyoko Kishida

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Woman in the Dunes

A youngish man for the city (Tokyo) goes to a desolate part of the countryside to collect insects (his hobby). He overstays and misses the last bus back. The local villagers offer to put him up with "Granny" - who turns out to be a thirtyish, not-unattractive woman, who ominously lives at the bottom of a sand pit. The woman's demeanor is by turn shy and coquettish with a hint of guilt. The next morning the man finds the ladder removed, and himself trapped in the sand pit. Much of the rest of the film deals with his half-hearted attempts to escape, and his tempestuous relationship with his woman "jailor."

This report prepared by V. N. Dvornychenko








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Script Analysis of Woman in the Dunes

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   very deep philosophy-of-life stuff

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese

Setting

Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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