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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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This film was lost for 50 years until it was discovered by director Teinosuke Kinugasa in a shed in 1971. See more »

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

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a rediscovered classic
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Film history has been negligent in recognizing this landmark silent drama, made in 1926 by pioneering Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa, but unknown until 1971, when a surviving print was (literally) unearthed in the director's garden shed. The film was produced in an isolated creative environment far removed from any foreign influence, but is nevertheless a masterpiece of imagery and editing, revealing a stunning visual flair and employing montage techniques as skillfully as anyone since Eisenstein. It tells a powerful, hallucinatory story of a janitor in an insane asylum who wants desperately to help his inmate wife after she attempts suicide, and like Murnau's 'The Last Laugh' unfolds without the crutch of intertitles. The film has aged remarkable little after the better part of a century in limbo, but since its belated rediscovery has yet to earn the acclaim and evaluation it deserves.


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