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Tanin no kao (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 9 June 1967 (USA)
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.

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

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Have a Stranger's Face See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third of four film collaborations involving director Hiroshi Teshigahara, author Kôbô Abe, and scorer Tôru Takemitsu. Their other film collaborations were Pitfall (1962), Woman in the Dunes (1964), and The Man Without a Map (1968). See more »

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.
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References The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

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Waltz
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Music by Tôru Takemitsu
Lyrics by Tatsuji Iwabuchi
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Lyrically Creepy...
26 July 2001 | by AkuSokuZanSee all my reviews

movie about self perception and the bond between the mind and the body...soundtrak really set the mood for the increasing horror in the story line. Nakadai downplays his role to give an overall flawless performance. Watch for some really good lines which will undoubtedly force the viewer to start thinking right away which may distract from the plot (but hey, it's an artsy masterpiece right?)...There is a lot of experimentation in the cinematography such as a door which opens and reveals a cluster of hair in ocean tides...this effect serves to foreshadow the action but may in the view of modern audiences comes across as trying TOO hard to be an art film. I left the movie still trying to link the two parallel story lines in the film and you may too...but don't worry you get two stories for the price of one...DO NOT watch this movie in the dark even though there is nothing VISUALLY terrifying it is still a great horror film...


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