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Kurutta ippêji (1926)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  January 1975 (USA)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Masuo Inoue ...
Servent
Ayako Iijima ...
Servent's daughter
Yoshie Nakagawa ...
Servent's wife
Hiroshi Nemoto ...
Misao Seki ...
Minoru Takase ...
Crazy man A
Eiko Minami ...
Dancer
Kyosuke Takamatsu ...
Crazy man B
Tetsu Tsuboi ...
Crazy man C
Shintarô Takiguchi ...
Boy
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

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The film was shot over a relatively long period - one month. Since Director Teinosuke Kinugasa couldn't afford accommodations for his actors, they slept on the set or in the front office. See more »

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Harrowing, Disturbing, Uncompromising
18 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you do not think you can take graphic scenes of mentally unstable people, this film is not for you.This story is about a man who takes a job at a local mental institution so he can be near his wife, who has gone mad. Throughout this long thought lost film you see clearly harrowing images of people at the institution. The soundtrack only adds to the foreboding. There are people lying catatonic and there is a dancer who doesn't stop dancing until she drops to the floor, exhausted. The film is 59 minutes long, I think it was originally longer but this was all that was found. There are no inter titles, its a silent film. In Japan, I am certain the benshi narrated the story in theaters, but your imagination has to follow this story. So, why a 7? It is daring, unflinching, brave and both ugly and not at the same time. As a point of reference only, Guy Maddin's work approaches this. Just know going in there is no happiness here. You won't soon forget this film. Best idea: Don't watch it before bedtime, it will stay with you.


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