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The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima) (1960)

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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 concentrates on a family of five, content with their existence despite its hardships. When the oldest son dies, it is the first of many devastating blows that nearly rip the family asunder. Originally titled Hadaka No Shima, the film was also released as Naked Island.

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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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

April 20, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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The Naked Island borders on kitsch. Still, once seen it is not easily forgotten-the myth of Sisyphus transposed to Tahiti.

April 19, 2011 | Full Review…
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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

June 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Q Network Film Desk

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

August 17, 2008 | Full Review…
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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 times. still well worth watching

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