The Island

Japan Release: 1960
Running Time:
95 minutes

The Island

Japanese Title

[Hadaka no Shima]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Kindai Eiga Kyokai
Kindai Eiga Kyokai


Live Action

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International Title

The Island

Initial US Title

The Island
US Distributor: Zenith International Films (1962) / Time: 95 Minutes

Alternate Titles

The Naked Island
[Literal translation]




Directed by Kaneto Shindo
Writing credits Kaneto Shindo
Produced by Kaneto Shindo, Eisaku Matsuura
Music by Hikaru Hayashi
Cinematography by Kiyomi Kuroda
Film Editing by Toshio Enoki
Assistant Directors Mitsunori Kanaoka, Takahisa Katsume
Director of Special Effects Matsuo Ono
Toyo, the Mother Nobuko Otowa
Senta, the Father Taiji Tonoyama
Taro, the Elder Son Shinji Tanaka
Jiro, the Younger Son Masanori Horimoto


Box Office

Release Date: November 23rd, 1960 (Japan)
Budget: ¥5,000,000

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 The Naked Island Criterion (2016) Order
Japan Region 2 The Naked Island Kadokawa (2001)
United States Blu-Ray The Naked Island Criterion (2016) Order

Background and Trivia

  • The movie was registered with the US copyright office on September 14th, 1990, by Kindai Eiga Kyokai. It carried the registrastion number of PA0000488756. The title used for the submission was The Island, with The Naked Island and the movie's Romaji title, Hadaka no Shima, used as alternates.
  • Apparently, earlier attempts to copyright the film were seen as insufficent and concerns existed that it had slipped into public domain. However, the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, signed it into law on December 8, 1994, acted to protect movies which had slipped into public domain for a variety of reasons. These could be anything from a failure to renew the copyright after registering it or due to a failure to meet US copyright registration and notification formalities. It's unknown which of these might have been the cause for concern. On December 22nd, 1997, a new copyright registration was made, with the number V8006P602. This noted an intent to enforce copyright restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act for the 1960 film. Interestingly enough, the copyright was noted as being owned by Kindai Eiga Kyokai who had asked Toho to submit it for them, under a care of (c/o) citation for Toho.