The Sands of Kurobe

Original Title

Kurobe no taiyo

  • The Sands of Kurobe
  • Release : Feb-17-1968
    Duration : 196min.


    Director : Kei Kumai (The Sea Watches)
    Original Story : Shoji Kimoto
    Cinematography : Mitsuji Kanau (Cape of North)


    Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai)
    Yujiro Ishihara (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes)


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Yujiro Ishihara and Toshiro Mifune star in the ultimate movie spectacle.
Fuelled by passion, Yujiro Ishihara and Toshiro Mifune, Japan's two most prominent movie stars, realized the movie event of the century.


In the 1950s men risked their lives for Kurobe Dam; a dam that experts deigned too hazardous to build. Dramatic accounts of the construction inspired this incredible movie that featured every working actor in the Japanese film Realizing that Japan's future depended on an increase in electricity output, President Otagaki of Kansai Electric Power Corporation makes a bold decision to construct Kurobe dam despite its hazardous location. Takeshi Iwaoka (Yujiro Ishihara) is its project manager. Defying his father who is a ruthless tunnel engineer, Takeshi became an architect. But impressed by the passion of Kitagawa (Toshiro Mifune), who is a supervisor at Kansai Electric, Takeshi takes on the dangerous project instead of his father. Continuous cave-ins and unimaginable levels of groundwater cause casualties and fatalities, leaving Takeshi and Kitagawa defeated. But soon an astronomical budget and modern technologies solve what appeared to be unsolvable. During this long period Takeshi marries Yuki (Fumie Kashiyama), one of Kitagawa's daughters. The following February the tunnel to the dam site is completed. As everyone involved rejoices, a telegram devastates Kitagawa with the news of his daughter Makiko's death. Several years later Kitagawa visits the dam, now complete. The majestic view of the dam moves him beyond description.