ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Woman of the Dunes directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
Wednesday 4 October 2023
For countries outside the UK, please use this calculator to check the time in your region.
Free - Booking essential
Priority for Japan Society Members
The activities of the Japan Society are made possible thanks to the support of its members. This event is free of charge and open to all. We realise that this is a difficult time for many people. However, if you are planning to attend and do not have a membership subscription as an individual or through your employer, please consider making a donation. You can find details of membership and how to join the Japan Society community here.
Do you love Japanese film classics, anime or contemporary cinema stories? Do you miss Japan and want to see it at least on screen? Would you like to learn and discuss about Japanese culture and society? The Japan Society Film Club is an online space to chat about films and Japan in an informal atmosphere.
Join our Film Club in October to discuss the thought-provoking classic Woman of the Dunes directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1964.
Woman of the Dunes (砂の女, Suna no onna, 1964), is a captivating film adapted from the homonymous novel by Kobo Abe. Eiji Okada stars as Niki, an entomologist stranded in a remote desert village. His failed attempt to leave forces him to stay with a widow (Kyoko Kishida) in a sandpit home, tasked with shoveling sand to safeguard the home from encroaching dunes. Over time, Niki's escape efforts are thwarted, leading to a profound exploration of isolation, existentialism, and human nature. With a striking high-contrast black-and-white cinematography and haunting score by composer by Toru Takemitsu, Woman of the Dunes seamlessly blends highly sensual drama with an intensely gripping thriller making it a timeless classic in Japanese cinema.
Japan Society Film Clubs take place on the first Wednesday of the month. We recommend a film to watch in advance and meet online to discuss. Films are often available online for free, to rent or with subscription, on DVD/Blu Ray or on BFI player. The event is open to all and we encourage participants to freely express their opinions and feelings about the films.
If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email email@example.com.
- You should receive an automated email from the Japan Society to let you know that your booking request has been registered. Please note that your booking is pending while we check your details and you will receive a further email once your booking is confirmed.
- For online events, we will send you the zoom links and details to attend the event closer to the date.
- If you don't receive any confirmation emails or links, please check your spam folder or email firstname.lastname@example.org.