DWoman in the Dunes remains a masterful exercise in sensual terror; itís particularly enticing in Milestoneís sharp, mostly artifact-free DVD transfer from the original negative. (No extras, though, except for the theatrical trailer.) Based on Kobo Abe's highly regarded novel, and adapted by the author for director Hiroshi Teshigahara, the story opens with amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki (hunky Eiji Tokada from Hiroshima, Mon Amour) puttering around some sand dunes looking for bugs. He's on what he thinks is a brief field trip, but the viewer's aware long before he is that there's something not quite right about this environment.
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