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A Page of Madness (1926)

Kurutta ippêji (original title)
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

Director:

Teinosuke Kinugasa

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (short story), Yasunari Kawabata (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Masuo Inoue Masuo Inoue ... Servant
Ayako Iijima Ayako Iijima ... Servant's Daughter
Yoshie Nakagawa Yoshie Nakagawa ... Servant's Wife
Hiroshi Nemoto Hiroshi Nemoto ... Young Man
Misao Seki Misao Seki ... Doctor
Minoru Takase Minoru Takase ... Crazy Man A
Eiko Minami Eiko Minami ... Dancer
Kyosuke Takamatsu Kyosuke Takamatsu ... Crazy Man B
Tetsu Tsuboi Tetsu Tsuboi ... Crazy Man C
Shintarô Takiguchi Shintarô Takiguchi ... Boy
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A husband picks up a job as a janitor at an insane asylum scheming all the time to be close to and free his wife from the institution where she recently attempted suicide. A score was added when in 1970 the reels were unearthed after they were considered lost for decades. The director approved and subsequently repudiated this version. Written by aghaemi

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Teinosuke Kinugasa had only eight small lights to work with, so he arranged the walls of his small studio, to be painted in a silver color, in order to make them reflect additional illumination. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissued in Japan in 1973 with musical score replacing original benshi. See more »

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

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A Page of Madness (1926)
30 March 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

Who knew that Japanese directors made weird films even in the 1920s? A Page of Madness is an expressionistic, surrealist silent film monstrosity from director Teinosuke Kinugasa, who had little to no budget at the time, so his stars had to help paint the sets, push the dolly and make props. They even slept on the set or in the front office because Kinugasa couldn't afford accommodations for them. After being lost for about 50 years, it was re-discovered by Kinugasa in his shed in 1971. However, 20 minutes were missing and the film is now incomplete. At the time of its release, it was screened only in cinemas that specialized in showing foreign films and gained mass popularity.

The movie is co-written by and adapted from a short story by Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese man to win a Nobel Prize for literature (in 1968). It's roughly about a man getting a job as a janitor in an asylum hoping to free his imprisoned wife. There are, of course, other characters, but the plot is completely incomprehensible, not only because of the lack of intertitles (Japanese silent films were narrated by actors called benshi), a large amount of unsignalled flashbacks and weird hallucinatory scenes, but also because the movie is kinda distracting in the sense that you never get the chance to quite sink in. Hard to explain.

The soundtrack is quite interesting, sometimes composed solely of mechanical sounds while we watch dissolving images of people, lights and machines. It's a one-of-a-kind film, especially for the time, but it guarantees no emtional attachment whatsoever because it's impossible to deduce what the hell is going on. So, I definitely didn't enjoy it. It's both interesting and boring. Strange, but that sentence best explains it.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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