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The Idiot ()

Hakuchi (original title)
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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.

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Taeko Nasu
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Kinji Kameda
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Denkichi Akama
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Ayako
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Ono, Ayako's father
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Satoko, Ayako's mother
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Tohata
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Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
Noriko Sengoku ...
Takako
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Jumpei
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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 Ohsugi ...
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Keiko Izumi
Haruko Chichibu

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Fyodor Dostoevsky ... (novel "The Idiot")
 
Eijirô Hisaita ... ()
 
Akira Kurosawa ... ()

Produced by

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Takashi Koide ... executive producer

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Fumio Hayasaka

Cinematography by

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Toshio Ubukata

Film Editing by

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Akira Kurosawa

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Yoshi Sugihara ... assistant editor

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Takashi Matsuyama

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Ushitarô Shimada

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Yoshitarô Nomura ... chief assistant director

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Genzô Komiya ... settings
Shohei Sekine ... settings

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Yoshisaburo Imo ... sound

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Akio Tamura ... lighting technician
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Plot Summary

Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn by Akama. When Akama realizes that he will never have Taeko, his thoughts turn to murder, and great tragedy ensues. Written by Jim Beaver

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Also Known As
  • The Idiot (United States)
  • The Idiot (World-wide, English title)
  • The Idiot (Canada, English title)
  • The Idiot (Ireland, English title)
  • The Idiot (New Zealand, English title)
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  • 166 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Version of Idiot (1910). See more »
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Quotes Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary: What could be so frightening about that idiot?
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