The Fossil

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The Fossil
Japanese 化石
Hepburn Kaseki
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Based on The Fossil 
by Yasushi Inoue
Music by Toru Takemitsu
Release dates
  • October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)
Running time
200 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Fossil (化石 Kaseki?) is a 1975 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi and based on a 1965 novel by Yasushi Inoue. It was Japan's submission to the 47th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]


A detailed look at a Tokyo business tycoon (played by Shin Saburi) given a diagnosis of terminal cancer who must now re-assess his life and values.


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  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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