The Sting of Death
|The Sting of Death|
|Directed by||Kōhei Oguri|
|Written by||Kōhei Oguri
Toshio Shimao (novel)
|Music by||Toshio Hosokawa|
|Edited by||Nobuo Ogawa|
|Distributed by||Shochiku Kinema Kenkyû-jo (USA)|
|Release date(s)||28 April 1990 (Japan)
September 28, 1990 (USA)
|Running time||115 minutes|
The Sting of Death (死の棘 Shi no Toge?) is a 1990 Japanese film directed by Kōhei Oguri and based on the novel by Toshio Shimao. It tells the story of a writer with a wandering eye and his jealous wife.
- Keiko Matsuzaka as Miho (ミホ)
- Ittoku Kishibe as Toshio (トシオ)
- Midori Kiuchi as Kuniko (邦子)
- Takenori Matsumura as Shin'ichi (伸一)
- Yuri Chikamori as Maya (マヤ)
- Akira Yamanouchi as Masagaro a.k.a. Oji (おじ)
- Miyoko Nakamura as Riki a.k.a. Oba (おば)
The Sting of Death won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival where it was also nominated for the Golden Palm. In that year it also won the Hochi Film Award and the Nikkan Sports Film Award. In 1991 the film won the Award of the Japanese Academy, the Blue Ribbon Award, the Kinema Junpo Award and the Mainichi Film Concours.
- Gabriel, Philip. Mad Wives and Island Dreams: Shimao Toshio and the Margins of Japanese Literature. University of Hawaii Press, 1999. ISBN 0824820894, 9780824820893.
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