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Anatahan (1953)

PG | | Drama, War | 28 June 1953 (Japan)
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In June 1944, twelve Japanese seaman are stranded on an abandoned-and-forgotten island called An-ta-han for seven years. The island's only inhabitants are the overseer of the abandoned ... See full summary »

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Younghill Kang (novel), Michiro Maruyama (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Akemi Negishi ... Keiko Kusakabe, the 'Queen Bee'
Tadashi Suganuma Tadashi Suganuma ... Kusakabe, Husband of Keiko (as Suganuma)
Kisaburo Sawamura Kisaburo Sawamura ... Kuroda (as Sawamura)
Shôji Nakayama Shôji Nakayama ... Nishio (as Nakayama)
Jun Fujikawa Jun Fujikawa ... Yoshisato (as Fujikawa)
Hiroshi Kondô Hiroshi Kondô ... Yanaginuma (as Kondo)
Shozo Miyashita Shozo Miyashita ... Sennami (as Miyashita)
Tsuruemon Bando Tsuruemon Bando ... Doi (as Tsuruemon)
Kikuji Onoe Kikuji Onoe ... Kaneda (as Kikuji)
Rokuriro Kineya Rokuriro Kineya ... Marui (as Rokuriro)
Daijiro Tamura Daijiro Tamura ... Kanzaki (as Tamura)
Chizuru Kitagawa Chizuru Kitagawa ... (as Kitagawa)
Takeshi Suzuki Takeshi Suzuki ... Takahashi (as Suzuki)
Shiro Amikura Shiro Amikura ... Amanuma (as Amikura)
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In June 1944, twelve Japanese seaman are stranded on an abandoned-and-forgotten island called An-ta-han for seven years. The island's only inhabitants are the overseer of the abandoned plantation and an attractive young Japanese woman. Discipline is represented by a former warrant officer but ends when he suffers a loss-of-face catastrophe. Soon, discipline and rationality are replaced by a struggle for power and the woman. Power is represented by a pair of pistols found in the wreckage of an American airplane, so important that five men pay for their lives in a bid for supremacy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

28 June 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Pitchfork See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$373, 31 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,899, 31 March 2017
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Production Co:

Daiwa See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Josef Von Sternberg included in this fiction movie, some footage from newsreel, showing the return of the Japanese troops after Japan surrendered in 1945. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: To look back on something is not the same as having lived it.
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Sternberg's fascinating finale
7 November 2002 | by shierfilmSee all my reviews

After many months of searching I located Josef's The Saga of Anatahan. It definitely held my attention and was a unique viewing experience. A completely Japanese war tale relayed in english (?) it has a strange beauty that is difficult to approximate in plain text. I don't know how Sternberg decided on this as his last cinematic statement, but it is certainly a fascinating b & w piece.


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