Ana-ta-han (Anatahan) Reviews

October 4, 2019
The film is most memorable as the introduction to Akemi Negishi as the striking "Queen Bee" Keiko... the only character granted a sense of agency and self-preservation.
June 4, 2019
A fascinating formal experience, and a deeply personal project for Von Sternberg.
November 18, 2018
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.
August 16, 2017
Josef von Sternberg's 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes.
May 12, 2017
... 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.
April 29, 2017
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.
February 2, 2017
Joseph von Sternberg goes out of his way to neutralize the sensationalism of his ripped-from-the-headlines premise.
January 31, 2017
What a strange and still-radical swan song it remains.
January 30, 2017
Sternberg slashes the screen with Expressionist tangles of foliage and menacing shadows of rough-hewn latticework.
March 21, 2013
It's a corker.
December 6, 2005
January 2, 2004
May 7, 2003
Josef von Sternberg's final film, an uneven but compelling drama produced in Japan.