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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

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forgotten Pages See more »

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Runtime:

(1975 sound) | (2007 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was shot in duration of a single month. A considerably long production period for a standard Japanese film at the time. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa claims that this was due to the lack of proper funding for the project; because of which he couldn't afford accommodations for his actors which caused them to sleep on the set, or in the front office. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Bizarre and Surreal
20 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kurutta ippêji (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Bizarre Japanese horror film has a man taking a janitor job at an asylum so that he can be closer to his wife who was committed after trying to kill their child. Had Luis Bunuel been bore in Japan and started making movies in 1926 then I'm guessing the final product would have came out looking like this thing. Lost for decades, it's easy to see why this film was never discovered but now that it's making its way around, it seems like this is destined to become something of a cult favorite to silent and horror fans. There's no straight story being told here, instead it's more avant-garde as we get all sorts of surreal images. We get the basic story but everything else is either told in flashback or through extra fast editing that helps build up the insanity of the lead character. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa really wants to get inside the mind of the insane and I think he does a pretty good job with it. At just 59-minutes the film moves at a pretty fast rate and a lot of this can be credited to the editing. I thought that the editing was the real star of the movie as it's done in such a fashion that you often see something but then you question what it was that you actually saw. You also have to try and keep up with what's going on and everything is happening so fast that you can see that the director was trying to use this to make the viewer feel what the characters were feeling being the asylum walls. There aren't any intertitles, which just adds to the visual image and the music score (done in the 70s) fits the film very well.


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