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The Sands of Kurobe

The Sands of Kurobe
Film poster
Directed byKei Kumai
Written byMasato Ide
Kei Kumai
Shōji Kimoto (story)
Produced byAkira Nakai
StarringToshiro Mifune
CinematographyMitsuji Kanau
Release date
  • February 17, 1968 (1968-02-17)
Running time
196 minutes

The Sands of Kurobe (黒部の太陽, Kurobe no Taiyō) is a 1968 Japanese drama film directed by Kei Kumai.[1][2] It is an adaptation of the novel The Sun of Kurobe (黒部の太陽; Kurobe no Taiyō) that dramatizes the construction of the Kurobe Dam. It was Japan's submission to the 41st Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3][4] Produced by its stars Toshiro Mifune and Yujiro Ishihara, the film's first run in cinemas lasted for a month, significantly longer than the week or ten days that films at that time usually ran in Japan.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "黒部の太陽". kotobank. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ "映画監督の熊井啓氏が死去". Fuji Sankei Shinbun. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ "List of Japanese films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 2008-06-22.
  4. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. ^ Zahlten, Alexander (2017). The End of Japanese Cinema: Industrial Genres, National Times, and Media Ecologies. Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822372462.
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