The Saga of Anatahan - The Masters of Cinema Series

1953
  |  91 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC

Synopsis

Japanese drama directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Akemi Negishi. While sailing in the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War a group of sailors are shipwrecked and stranded on the isolated island of Anatahan. The only people they find living on the island are Kusakabe (Tadashi Suganuma) and his common-law wife Keiko (Negishi). For seven long years the stranded sailors cling to the hope that their nation has won the war and man their makeshift positions even in their utter isolation. Over time the small community devolves into a fued for the favour of Keiko and supremacy in their tiny home, while unknown to them the sailor's comrades return home in defeat.