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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 overview:
Masuo Inoue ...
Ayako Iijima ...
Servent's daughter
Yoshie Nakagawa ...
Servent's wife
Hiroshi Nemoto ...
Misao Seki ...
Minoru Takase ...
Crazy man A
Eiko Minami ...
Kyosuke Takamatsu ...
Crazy man B
Tetsu Tsuboi ...
Crazy man C
Shintarô Takiguchi ...


A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

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Drama | Horror




Release Date:

January 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Forgotten Pages  »

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(1975 sound) | (2007 restoration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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4 October 2004 | by (Halifax, NS) – See all my reviews

It's easy to make really general comments about a film like this. The fact that it's one of the only remaining Japanese films from this era causes people to say that it "started Japanese cinema" and was "unlike anything the west ever made." The latter of these two comments is particularly false as Kinugasa himself admitted to ripping off "Caligari" on more than one occasion. But style was meant to be imitated, and doesn't take away from this film's importance. What we have here is experimental themes and composition built on already established visual styles, opening the doors for a truly brilliant layering of narratives and realities. For this purpose, the madhouse is the ideal setting, and the writers knew this. This is a landmark film, and every effort should be made to track it down.

5 out of 5 - Essential

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