The Sting of Death

The Sting of Death
Directed by Kōhei Oguri
Written by Kōhei Oguri
Toshio Shimao (novel)
Starring Keiko Matsuzaka
Ittoku Kishibe
Music by Toshio Hosokawa
Cinematography Shohei Ando
Edited by Nobuo Ogawa
Distributed by Shochiku Kinema Kenkyû-jo (USA)
Release dates
  • 28 April 1990 (1990-04-28)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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 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 also



  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 2009-08-06.
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