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Punishment Island

Shokei no shima

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan, 1966


n this gripping drama — widely considered among Shinoda’s best — the surviving son of a family murdered for political reasons returns to the island where he grew up and confronts the past.

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Punishment Island Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

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  • animalcalls's rating of the film Punishment Island

    Might just be the secret masterpiece of the Japanese New Wave. DP Tatsuo Suzuki trades in the gonzo cinematography normally associated with the movement for exquisitely composed frames that are filled with dread and melancholy, while Shinoda himself edits as if recounting a nightmare. It's a striking, serious, powerful film that is staggeringly rich in every aspect.

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