The Saga of Anatahan

by Josef von Sternberg 1h32min United States 1953
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The Saga of Anatahan
by Josef von Sternberg

In June 1944, twelve Japanese seaman 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 loss-of-face catastrophe. 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 : Keiko
  • Tadashi Suganuma : Kusakabe
  • Kisaburo Sawamura : Un membre des Cinq Bourdons
  • And with: Shôji Nakayama, Jun Fujikawa, Hiroshi Kondô, Shozo Miyashita


  • Director Josef von Sternberg
  • Scenario Josef von Sternberg
  • Original work author Michiro Maruyama
  • Photo director Josef von Sternberg
  • Set Design Takashi Kono
  • Editing Mitsuzô Miyata
  • Original music Akira Ifukube
  • Producer Josef von Sternberg, Nagamasa Kawakita, Yoshio Osawa
  • Production Compagny Daiwa, Pathé Contemporary Films

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1953
  • Release date for France08/14/1956
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageEnglish
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