Island, The; Hodaka No Shima

698. THE ISLAND (Hodaka No Shima) (1961-lapan). An unusual Oriental work Of art, made without any dialogue, the story is told only through visuals, sound and music. Beautifully photographed on one Of the smaller Japanese islands, a family works continuously to survive. Written and directed by KANETO SH1NDO with such sparse efficiency that every scene, every motion is put lo effective use. Like the family on the island, nothing is wasted, the effect becomes cumulative. The viewer becomes an empathetic observer, watching the life Of the island pass before him as figures on a delicate Japanese scroll. Cinematic Haiku for the eye. 96 minutes. Drama