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The Face of Another ()

Tanin no kao (original title)
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A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.

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Mr. Okuyama
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Psychiatrist
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Nurse
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Girl with Scar
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The Boss
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Apartment Superintendent
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Male Patient
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Patient at Mental Hospital
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Yo-Yo Girl
Eiko Muramatsu ...
Secretary
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Old Lady
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Man with Mole
Kakuya Saeki ...
Elder Brother of Girl with Scar
Sen Yano ...
Mentally Ill Man A
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Singer in Bar (as Bibari Maeda)
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Mrs. Okuyama
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Shinobu Itomi
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Foreign man in Bar (uncredited)
Tôru Takemitsu ...
Man Smoking in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hiroshi Teshigahara ... (directed by)

Written by

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Kôbô Abe ... (screenplay)
 
Kôbô Abe ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

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Nobuyo Horiba ... producer (produced by)
Kiichi Ichikawa ... producer (produced by)
Tadashi Ôno ... producer (produced by)

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Tôru Takemitsu ... (music by)

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Hiroshi Segawa ... (cinematography by)

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Yoshi Sugihara ... (edited by)

Production Design by

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Masao Yamazaki

Art Direction by

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Arata Isozaki
Masao Yamazaki

Set Decoration by

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Kenichirô Yamamoto

Costume Design by

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Tamiko Moriya

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Taichirô Akiyama ... masks

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Iwao Yoshida ... production manager

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Hideo Nagasawa ... assistant director
Yutaka Osawa ... assistant director

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Tomio Miki ... modeling

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Shigenosuke Okuyama ... sound

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Mitsuo Kume ... lighting technician
Yasuhiro Yoshioka ... still photographer

Script and Continuity Department

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Eiko Yoshida ... continuity

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Kiyoshi Awazu ... title designer

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Plot Summary

A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory explosion receives treatment from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly life-like mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he attempts to seduce 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 men and women 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 afterwards. Written by Prion

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Also Known As
  • 他人の顔 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Stranger's Face (World-wide, English title)
  • The Face of Another (World-wide, English title)
  • Tanin No Kao (India, English title)
  • I Have a Stranger's Face (World-wide, English title)
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  • 122 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Hiroshi Teshigahara said that he intended the film to explore both personal and cultural identities. While the examination of personal identity is quite overt, Teshigahara also explored how Japan's cultural identity had been impacted by World War II and its aftermath. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Funeral Parade of Roses (1969). See more »
Soundtracks Waltz 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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