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Hakuchi (1951)

 |  Drama  |  30 April 1963 (USA)
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taeko Nasu
Kinji Kameda
Denkichi Akama
Ono, Ayako's father
Chieko Higashiyama ...
Satoko, Ayako's mother
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Minoru Chiaki ...
Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
Noriko Sengoku ...
Kokuten Kôdô ...
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Madame Kayama
Chiyoko Fumiya ...
Mitsuyo Akashi ...
Madame Akama
Daisuke Inoue ...


Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn by Akama. When Akama realizes that he will never have Taeko, his thoughts turn to murder, and great tragedy ensues. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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30 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Idiot  »

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Filmed as a two-part production running 265 minutes. Shochiku (the studio) told Akira Kurosawa that the film had to be cut in half, because it was too long; he told them, "In that case, better cut it lengthwise." The film was released truncated at 166 minutes. See more »


Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary: What could be so frightening about that idiot?
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Lady of Spain
Music by Tolchard Evans
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The imposed edit of this movie makes it impossible to rate.
14 May 2005 | by (Madrid) – See all my reviews

Although severely mutilated, this film still distillates the genius of Kurosawa, unfortunately the artistic decisions are still made by the people who have the money, not by the people who have the talent.

For the people who have read Dostoievski's "The Idiot", I think this film will be an amazing experience. For the rest the movie probably won't be very clear, because the studio edited off over an hour of footage, which obviously crippled the movie.

That was the luck which Kurosawa's "The Idiot" ran. And many of other films too.


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