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Woman in the Dunes

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“This kinky, claustrophobic nightmare remains terrifyingly alluring and utterly irresistible.” Mark Kermode (The Observer)

16 February 2021 25 February 2021

English with Thai subtitles

Japan Cinema Series


One of the sixties' great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic worldview of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eija Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow (Kiyoko Kishida) who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving, and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday Sisyphean struggle, for which Teshigahara received an Academy Award nomination for best director.


About the film

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Country: Japan
Year: 1963
Duration: 147 mins

Presented with

Japan Foundation