The Sands of Kurobe

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The Sands of Kurobe
Kurobe no Taiyo.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Kei Kumai
Written by Masato Ide
Kei Kumai
Shōji Kimoto (story)
Produced by Akira Nakai
Starring Toshiro Mifune
CinematographyMitsuji Kanau
Release date
  • February 17, 1968 (1968-02-17)
Running time
196 minutes

The Sands of Kurobe (黒部の太陽, Kurobe no Taiyō) is a 1968 Japanese drama film directed by Kei Kumai. [1] [2] It was Japan's submission to the 41st Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee. [3] [4] Produced by its stars Toshiro Mifune and Yujiro Ishihara, the film's first run in cinemas lasted for a month, significantly longer than the week or ten days that films at that time usually ran in Japan. [5]



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