This film stars Nobuko Otowa (The Tale of Genji, Onibaba, Kuroneko) and Taiji Tonoyama (The Tale of Genji, Onibaba, Kuroneko). It is the story of a man and woman and their two children eeking out a bare existence as the only inhabitants of an island. They farm, but there's no water source on the island, so they must transport water to their island in a row boat several times each day. It is a genuinely moving film and hard for me to watch in places.
Kaneto Shindo creates a visually distilled, minimalist, and understated, yet compelling and profoundly expressive portrait of human struggle, perseverance, and survival in Naked Island.It doesn't have a critics score at Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience rating is 86%.