Anatahan [DVD] [1953]

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Special Features

  • 2017 Re-release trailer
  • Comparison of 1953 and 1958 versions
  • Interview with Nicholas von Sternberg
  • New 2k restoration of the uncensored 1958 version (Sternberg's preferred cut of the film), mastered from the film elements preserved by the Library of Congress and Cinématique Françoise
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The complete 1953 version of Anatahan
  • Three minutes of unused (nude) footage shot for the 1958 version
  • U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their "surrender"
  • Visual Essay by Tag Gallagher
  • Closed Captioned


Anatahan (aka Ana-Ta-Han) represented the apotheosis of filmmaker Josef von Sternberg's lifelong fascination with the Orient. Over a year in the making, the film was the most expensive ever made in Japan up to 1953. Based on fact, the story concerns a group of Japanese marines who refused to believe that their country had been defeated in 1945, and thus spent the next seven years stubbornly manning their posts on a remote Pacific Island. The central character is a woman known as the "Queen Bee," who is marooned on the island along with the marines. As the only female in the vicinity, our heroine is aggressively pursued by every male in sight (von Sternberg capriciously refers to her most ardent suitors as her "drones"). Former Nichiegki Theatre chorus performer Akemi Negishi plays the Queen Bee. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Akemi Negishi - The Queen Bee
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    R. Kineya - Samisen Player

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