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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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Referenced in Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004) See more »

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Bizarre and Surreal
20 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kurutta ippêji (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Bizarre Japanese horror film has a man taking a janitor job at an asylum so that he can be closer to his wife who was committed after trying to kill their child. Had Luis Bunuel been bore in Japan and started making movies in 1926 then I'm guessing the final product would have came out looking like this thing. Lost for decades, it's easy to see why this film was never discovered but now that it's making its way around, it seems like this is destined to become something of a cult favorite to silent and horror fans. There's no straight story being told here, instead it's more avant-garde as we get all sorts of surreal images. We get the basic story but everything else is either told in flashback or through extra fast editing that helps build up the insanity of the lead character. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa really wants to get inside the mind of the insane and I think he does a pretty good job with it. At just 59-minutes the film moves at a pretty fast rate and a lot of this can be credited to the editing. I thought that the editing was the real star of the movie as it's done in such a fashion that you often see something but then you question what it was that you actually saw. You also have to try and keep up with what's going on and everything is happening so fast that you can see that the director was trying to use this to make the viewer feel what the characters were feeling being the asylum walls. There aren't any intertitles, which just adds to the visual image and the music score (done in the 70s) fits the film very well.


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