ODDITIES THEATER: Woman in the Dunes (1964)

It’s Saturday, so let’s get weird!

It’s that time of week again, folks. This week we’ll be watching Hiroshi Teshigahara’s take on Kōbō Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes. Both the book and the film are masterpieces in their own right, and for different reasons. I highly recommend them both.

If you know me, you probably know that Kōbō Abe is my favorite writer. I plan to revisit all of his work again sometime this year, since it’s been a few years since I last read anything by him. I recently reread The Woman in the Dunes and it blew me away all over again. I’m excited to dive back into his other works.

Abe collaborated with Teshigahara for a few other films as well: The Man Without a Map (The Ruined Map), Pitfall, and The Face of Another. I’ll be revisiting those films this year as well. If I can find them on YouTube, I’ll post them for ODDITIES THEATER at some point so we can all watch them together.

The film is Japanese, but you can turn the English subtitles on if you don’t speak the language. Happy viewing!