The Fossil (film)

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The Fossil
Japanese 化石
Hepburn Kaseki
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Screenplay by
  • Shun Inagaki
  • Takeshi Yoshida
Based onKaseki
by Yasushi Inoue
Produced by
  • Masayuki Sato
  • Gin'ichi Kishimoto
CinematographyKōzō Okazaki
Edited byKeiichi Uraoka
Music by Tōru Takemitsu
Distributed by Toho (theatrical)
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)(TV) [1]
  • October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)(theatrical) [2] [3]
Running time
  • 450 minutes (TV)
  • 200 minutes (theatrical)

The Fossil (化石, Kaseki) is a Japanese TV miniseries which screened in eight parts between 31 January and 20 March 1972. It was directed by Masaki Kobayashi and based on a novel by Yasushi Inoue. [1] [3] The series received the same year's Nippon Television Technology Award for photography. [4]


A re-edited version was released theatrically in 1975. [1] [2] [3] The theatrical version was Japan's submission to the 47th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, [5] but was not accepted as a nominee.


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