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Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) (1954)

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).


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 (7) | Top Critics (2)

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

January 31, 2017 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Joseph von Sternberg goes out of his way to neutralize the sensationalism of his ripped-from-the-headlines premise.

February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

It's a corker.

March 21, 2013 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Josef von Sternberg's final film, an uneven but compelling drama produced in Japan.

May 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
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