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30 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Setsuko Hara ... Taeko Nasu

Masayuki Mori ... Kinji Kameda

Toshirô Mifune ... Denkichi Akama

Yoshiko Kuga ... Ayako

Takashi Shimura ... Ono, Ayako's father

Chieko Higashiyama ... Satoko, Ayako's mother
Eijirô Yanagi ... Tohata

Minoru Chiaki ... Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
Noriko Sengoku ... Takako
Kokuten Kôdô ... Jumpei
Bokuzen Hidari ... Karube
Eiko Miyoshi ... Madame Kayama
Chiyoko Fumiya ... Noriko
Mitsuyo Akashi ... Madame Akama
Daisuke Inoue ... Kaoru
Jun Yokoyama
Atsumi Nakama
Kunio Miyogi
Shôichi Kofujita (as Shôichi Kotôda)
Yôichi Ôsugi (as Yoichi Osugi)
Keiko Izumi
Haruko Chichibu

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
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Fyodor Dostoevsky  novel "The Idiot"
Eijirô Hisaita 
Akira Kurosawa 

Produced by
Takashi Koide .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
 
Cinematography by
Toshio Ubukata 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Set Decoration by
Genzô Komiya (settings)
Shohei Sekine (settings)
Ushitarô Shimada 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshitarô Nomura .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Yoshisaburo Imo .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Akio Tamura .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Yoshi Sugihara .... assistant editor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Hakuchi" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
166 min | Japan:180 min (premiere) | Japan:265 min (extended version)
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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 »
Quotes:
Ayako:Do you have any idea what sort of person Mr. Kameda is?
Taeko Nasu:I certainly do. I daresay I know far better than you.
Ayako:That's a lie! You couldn't possibly know.
Taeko Nasu:Why not?
Ayako:Why not? Because you only ever think of yourself. Drunk on your own misery, you don't see the grief you cause in others.
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
best of Japanese film, 12 June 2005
Author: Tashtago from Vancouver, Canada

I've seen several Kurosawa films but this one is far and above his best. The samurai films all tend to have a unusual amount of over-acting but this modern drama based on Dostoyesky has the same fine natural acting that Ozu has. (the other great film director of the 50s and 60s Japan ) In fact the emotional intensity of this film is almost unbearable as it seems to go from one gut wrenching sequence to the next. Setsuko Hara gives perhaps her greatest performance, certainly it is more layered and has more dimension than most of the work she did with Ozu. In fact this film seems to be Kurosawa's version of "Tokyo Story" utilizing the same low intimate camera angles as that film. The story of a modern day Christlike figure will certainly have the viewer compelled to check their own spirituality and religious believes . A great movie and perhaps the greatest adaptation of a novelist as it perfectly re-creates the claustrophobic brilliance of a Dostoyevsky novel too bad Kurosawa never tackled the "Brother's Karamazov."

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