MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 18,519 this week

The Face of Another (1966)
"Tanin no kao" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  9 June 1967 (USA)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 3,281 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 36 critic

A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 03 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 07 Nov 2012
 
1
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Jul 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Face of Another (1966)

The Face of Another (1966) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Face of Another.
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926), Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor. Teshigahara ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Seiji Miyaguchi
Pitfall (1962)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Tatsuya Nakadai, Masayuki Mori
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An entomologist searching for insects by the seaside is trapped by local villagers into living with a widow whose life task is digging up sand for them, and eventually develops strong feelings for her.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô
Ugetsu (1953)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Tragedy is inevitable when a married merchant falls in love with a prostitute.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Amorality in Japan. Tome is born into poverty in rural Japan, in the late 1910s. Chuji, her father, dotes on her; her mother is less faithful. Tome becomes a neighbor's mistress, works at ... See full summary »

Director: Shôhei Imamura
Stars: Emiko Aizawa, Setsuko Amamiya, Tomio Aoki
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Keith Sykes, Reisen Ri, Kazuo Kitamura
Gô-hime (1992)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiya Nagasawa
White Morning (1965)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A day in the life of Ako, a 16 year old Japanese girl, and her friends and co-workers. An alarm clock wakes her in a dorm; she gets ready for work and travels to a large bakery. We see her ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Miki Irie, Teruko Hasegawa, Yoko Matsushita
Ikebana (1956)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The history and art of ikebana, a centuries old Japanese art of flower arrangement and a look inside the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, where the director's father Sofu Teshigahara worked as the grand master of the school.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Tomoko Naraoka, Sofu Teshigahara
Hokusai (1953)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A documentary about the life and art of wood-block artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Yoshi Katô
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mr. Okuyama
Mikijirô Hira ...
Psychiatrist
...
Nurse
Miki Irie ...
Girl with Scar
...
The Boss
Minoru Chiaki ...
Apartment Superintendent
Hideo Kanze ...
Male Patient
Kunie Tanaka ...
Patient at Mental Hospital
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Yo-Yo Girl
Eiko Muramatsu ...
Secretary
Yoshie Minami ...
Old Lady
Hisashi Igawa ...
Man with Mole
Kakuya Saeki ...
Elder Brother of Girl with Scar
Sen Yano ...
Mentally Ill Man A
Bibari Maeda ...
Singer in Bar
Edit

Storyline

A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory fire receives psychotherapy from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly lifelike mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he seduces his wife and succeeds. But his wife claims she was aware all along who he was and believed that both were just masquerading together as most couples usually do in different ways. Strangely enough, his personality seemingly begins to change after he puts on the mask as if the mask has influenced his personality. His new identity does not enable him to reintegrate into society after all. A subplot is inserted in fragments. A good-natured young woman, the right side of whose face is disfigured, has been hurt by others' inquisitive eyes and insults, and has been shunned by men. She asks her older brother, the only man who understands her pain and solitude, to make love to her, hiding from him the intent of killing herself after then. Written by Prion

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Have a Stranger's Face  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Psychiatrist: You're not the only lonely man. Being free always involves being lonely. Just there is a mask you can peel off and another you can not.
See more »

Connections

References Eyes Without a Face (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Tôru Takemitsu
Lyrics by Tatsuji Iwabuchi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A flawless character study.
9 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brutal commentary on self-image and the way that appearances can change the attitude and ideals of a person that is one of the best films I've ever seen. The way that Okuyama changes throughout the film is incredible. He starts off as a brutally wounded man, who is afraid to go out in public due to his horrible disfigurement. He realizes how important looks are and all he wants is a new face so that he can blend back into society and be with his wife again. There's no desire to be attractive or important, he just wants to be normal. But once he gets his new face, his attractive appearance turns him into a completely different man. He buys flashy clothes and walks around with an attitude of superiority and importance in a world where he is really just a stranger. The film does a remarkable job of showing just how important appearance truly is, even if you think you can look beyond it. This is shown through Okuyama's wife, who pretends like she loves him even though he is horribly disfigured, but she ends up refusing his sexual advances due to it. Teshigahara uses bleak tones and minimalist sets as a way to show the isolation that society creates do to it's one-dimensional view of forming opinions on people merely due to appearance. These settings also do a great job of focusing the viewer on the characters instead of flashy visuals and elaborate sets.

I thought that the Psychiatrist was also a very complex character as he becomes more and more interested in his experiment with Okuyama's new face and less interested in Okuyama himself. He becomes greedy and selfish in his desire to mass produce the masks, but Okuyama's greed compels him to reject the Psychiatrist's wishes and look out merely for himself. This greed makes him a very dangerous man who is hanging on the edge of a breakdown through most of the film, until an encounter with his wife finally sets him off. It's the Psychiatrist's greed, though, that ends up being the true horror of the film. Okuyama realizes the dangerous monster that this mask has turned him into, and does the only thing he can think of to stop him from harming the world. It's the Psychiatrist's greed, though, that unleashes the beast of Okuyama into the world which leads to the abrupt and shattering finale. The paradox of a physical monster versus a psychological monster is absolutely sensational. In the beginning he is deformed on the outside, but as he becomes normal and beautiful on the outside, he ends up being a terrible monster internally. There is only one thing that I can really complain about, and that is the entire story of the "Facially scarred young woman". All of her scenes felt really out of place and added nothing to the fantastic commentary and intelligence of the plot. Everything with her was just unnecessary, but this was just a mere chink in the grand masterpiece that the film embodies as a whole.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why isn't this film among the IMDB's top 250? cas_tells
How can I see this? Danep280
Interesting, but... Neal
Please no 're-imagining' jameselliot-1
Criterion Teshigara Box Set saji1986
the talking-skull scene. jomatp
Discuss The Face of Another (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?