The film Hadaka no shima depicts a small Japanese family, struggling to get by on a tiny island in the Seto Inland Sea. They are the island’s only occupants, and survive by farming. They carry water for their plants and themselves in a row boat from a neighboring island.
While the parents are away from the island, the older son falls ill. The desperate father runs to find a doctor to come to treat his son, but when they arrive, the boy is already dead. After the boy’s funeral, the family resumes their hard life, with very limited opportunity for grief. —Wikipedia
Japanese filmmaker/scriptwriter Kaneto Shindo’s most famous directorial efforts include The Island (1960), a nearly silent, but powerful glimpse at a lonely farmer’s daily toil, and Children of Hiroshima (1952), a wrenching and sentimental account of the city’s post-bomb aftermath. Shindo was born in Hiroshima and got his start in films as an art director during the late ’30s. Less than a decade later, he wrote his first screenplays and went on to work with a number of Japanese directors, including Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa. In 1950, Shindo was a co-founder of a production company. He made his directorial debut in 1951 with The Story of a Beloved Wife.
He was married to actress Nobuko Otowa (1925–1994), who appeared in several of his films. He won the 1996 Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for A Last Note.— allmovie guide
One of a kind. Follows people so far removed from the action of our everyday blockbusters that they probably wouldn't ever be extra bystanders in any of them. Yet here they have their own movie that captures human life simplified down to its unified fundamentals, while all around them (consider the shot of the passing cruise ship) the modern world turns.
A look back at the best posters for the films of the great Japanese director Kaneto Shindo, who died this week at the age of 100.