The Sting of Death

The Sting of Death (死の棘, Shi no Toge) is a 1990 Japanese film directed by Kōhei Oguri and based on the novel by Toshio Shimao. It tells the story of a writer with a wandering eye and his jealous wife. The film was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

The Sting of Death
Directed byKōhei Oguri
Written byKōhei Oguri
Toshio Shimao (novel)
StarringKeiko Matsuzaka
Ittoku Kishibe
Music byToshio Hosokawa
CinematographyShohei Ando
Edited byNobuo Ogawa
Distributed byShochiku (Japan)
Release date
  • 28 April 1990 (1990-04-28)
Running time
115 minutes



The film was partly shot on location in Kakeromajima, Amami Islands.[2]


The Sting of Death won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival where it was also nominated for the Golden Palm.[3] In that year it also won the Hochi Film Award and the Nikkan Sports Film Award. In 1991 the film won the Award of the Japanese Academy, the Blue Ribbon Award, the Kinema Junpo Award and the Mainichi Film Concours.

See alsoEdit


  • Gabriel, Philip. Mad Wives and Island Dreams: Shimao Toshio and the Margins of Japanese Literature. University of Hawaii Press, 1999. ISBN 0824820894, 9780824820893.


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ Gabriel, "Notes to Pages 9-11," p. 237. "Several full-scale shinyo models were constructed for the 1989 movie Shi no toge, shot partly on location in Kakeromajima."
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Sting of Death". Retrieved 6 August 2009.

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