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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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Akira Kurosawa in his autobiography describes this film - which was heavily edited from the director's original four-hour-and-twenty-six-minute version, by order of the studio, Shochiku - as "ruinous" to his career. Upon release, reviews of this film in the Japanese press were, according to Kurosawa, universally "scathing." ("It was as if [the reviews] were a mirror reflection of the studio's attitude toward me," he writes.) Not surprisingly, therefore, in the annual Kinema Junpo critics' poll for films released in 1951, The Idiot (1951) appears way down in the list, ranked at #18. Of all twenty five Japanese-language films that Kurosawa released from the end of the Second World War to the end of his career, this film is the only one that failed to place within the "Best Ten" list of films in the Kinema Junpo poll of its release year. In fact, it has been claimed that only the immense popularity of the film's star, Setsuko Hara, prevented the film from being a complete commercial disaster.See more »
Quotes:
Kaoru:I don't want to talk about it. I promised you I'd keep an eye on him and tell you what he was doing. But it was too...
Ayako:Was it that awful?
Kaoru:All I know, is that I'll remember what a good man he was.
Ayako:If only we could all love as he did... without hatred. What a fool I've been. *I* was the idiot.
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Version of "The Idiot" (1966)See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The imposed edit of this movie makes it impossible to rate., 14 May 2005
Author: Shoikan Reloaded from Madrid

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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