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Anatahan (film)

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Director  Josef von Sternberg
Music director  Akira Ifukube
Language  Japanese, English
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, War
Country  Japan
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Writer  Michiro Maruyama, Younghill Kang, Josef von Sternberg
Release date  June 28, 1953 (Japan) May 17, 1954 (USA)
Screenplay  Josef von Sternberg, Tatsuo Asano
Cast  Akemi Negishi (Keiko Kusakabe), Shôji Nakayama (Nishio), Jun Fujikawa (Yoshisato), Hiroshi Kondô (Yanaginuma), Josef von Sternberg (Narrator), Tadashi Suganuma (Kusakabe, Husband of Keiko)
Similar movies  Directed by Josef von Sternberg, Japanese language movies, War movies

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Anatahan (アナタハン), also known as The Saga of Anatahan, is a 1953 black-and-white Japanese film war drama directed by Josef von Sternberg. The World War II Japanese holdouts on Anatahan also inspired a 1998 novel, Cage on the Sea.


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It was the final work directed by noted Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg (although Jet Pilot was released later). Von Sternberg had an unusually high degree of control over the film, made outside the studio system, which allowed him to not only direct, but also write, photograph, and narrate the action. Although it opened modestly well in Japan, it did poorly in the US, where von Sternberg continued to recut the film for four more years. He subsequently abandoned the project and went on to teach film at UCLA for most of the remainder of his lifetime. The film was screened within the official selection during the 14th Venice Film Festival (1953).

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The art director was Takashi Kono, special effects were made by Eiji Tsuburaya and the camera operator was Kozo Okazaki.

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Josef von Sternberg directed, photographed and provides the voice-over narration and wrote the screenplay (from a novel based on actual events by Michiro Maruyana translated by Younghill Kang) about twelve Japanese seamen who, in June 1944, 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 catastrophic loss of face. 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.


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  • Akemi Negishi as the 'Queen Bee', Keiko Kusakabe
  • Tadashi Suganuma as Kusakabe, Husband of Keiko
  • Kisaburo Sawamura as Kuroda
  • Shōji Nakayama as Nishio
  • Jun Fujikawa as Yoshisato
  • Hiroshi Kondō as Yanaginuma
  • Shozo Miyashita as Sennami
  • Tsuruemon Bando as Doi
  • Kikuji Onoe as Kaneda
  • Rokuriro Kineya as Marui
  • Daijiro Tamura as Kanzaki
  • Chizuru Kitagawa
  • Takeshi Suzuki as Takahashi
  • Shiro Amikura as Amanuma
  • Josef von Sternberg as voice of narrator (uncredited)

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