Ana-ta-han (Anatahan)


Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954)



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Inspired by an actual event during WWII, Josef von Sternberg's Anatahan, tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors who are stranded on the remote island of Anatahan during the waning days of the war. The war ends, unbeknownst to the men, but it is then that they engage in their own private war: for dominance of their island domain and possession of the sole woman in their midst, Keiko, the so-called "Queen Bee" of Anatahan (Akemi Negishi).

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Akemi Negishi
as Keiko Kusakabe, the 'Queen Bee'
Tadashi Suganuma
as Kusakabe, Husband of Keiko
Jun Fujikawa
as Yoshisato

Critic Reviews for Ana-ta-han (Anatahan)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

What a strange and still-radical swan song it remains.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Sternberg slashes the screen with Expressionist tangles of foliage and menacing shadows of rough-hewn latticework.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Anatahan is that rare artwork where intention mirrors execution. Under ideal circumstances, Sternberg made the film that he wanted to make. He satisfied himself, not the spectators.

Nov 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Josef von Sternberg's 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes.

Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 5/5

... the most stylized of Sternberg's films, a languid portrait of lust, power, anger, violence, regret, and loneliness shot at an emotional remove, staged at arm's length and observed with a dispassionate eye.

May 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Anatahan is as completely regimented and rigorous as any movie ever made, with just about every aspect of it under Sternberg's control. And yet it's a movie about losing control, about yielding to animal instincts.

Apr 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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