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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 overr 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 Anatahan is a 1953 Japanese Japanese-language Drama War motion picture featuring Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura, Shôji Nakayama, Jun Fujikawa, Hiroshi Kondô and Josef Von Sternberg. Daiwa Production Inc. was the production house involved in the project along with executive producer(s) Kazuo Takimura. The movie is directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Toho acquired the distribution rights for the motion picture. Anatahan was released on 28th June 1953 in Japanese and English languages and takes a screen time of 92 minutes. The screenplay for the movie was written by Josef von Sternberg and Tatsuo Asano. Cinematography was done by Josef von Sternberg and editing by Mitsuz Miyata. The music was composed by Akira Ifukube.

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Release Date28 JUN 1953
Run Time91 MINUTES

Japanese, English


Drama, War

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Average Review Rating : 5.0/5


Positive Review Rating : 64%

  • Joseph von Sternberg goes out of his way to neutralize the sensationalism of his ripped from the headlines premise. ( Read More )
  • Combust Ible Celluloid

    Anatahan is as completely regimented and rigorous as any movie ever made, with just about every aspect of it under Sternbergs control. And yet its a movie about losing control, about yielding to an... ( Read More )
  • Cine Vue

    Josef von Sternbergs 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes. ( Read More )
  • New Yorker

    Sternberg slashes the screen with Expressionist tangles of foliage and menacing shadows of rough hewn latticework. ( Read More )
  • Stream On Demand At Home

    ... the most stylized of Sternbergs films, a languid portrait of lust, power, anger, violence, regret, and loneliness shot at an emotional remove, staged at arms length and observed with a dispassi... ( Read More )
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