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Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1951)

Original Title : Hakuchi
Director : Akira Kurosawa
Writer : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Eijir├┤ Hisaita
Akira Kurosawa
Genre : Drama
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Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Takashi Koide
Music : Fumio Hayasaka
Photography : Toshio Ubukata
IMDB ID : 0043614
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poster for "Hakuchi (The Idiot)" by Akira Kurosawa (1951)
Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1951) - Akira Kurosawa
 

Starring

┬Setsuko Hara Taeko Nasu
┬Masayuki Mori Kinji Kameda
┬Toshir├┤ Mifune Denkichi Akama
┬Takashi Shimura Ono, Ayako's father
┬Chieko Higashiyama Satoko, Ayako's mother
┬Chiyoko Fumiya Noriko
┬Eijir├┤ Yanagi Tohata
┬Yoshiko Kuga Ayako
┬Minoru Chiaki Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
┬Eiko Miyoshi Madame Kayama
┬Noriko Sengoku Takako
┬Mitsuyo Akashi Madame Akama
┬Bokuzen Hidari Karube (uncredited
┬Daisuke Inoue Kaoru (uncredited
┬Kokuten Kodo Jumpei (uncredited
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

Interesting Dostoevsky Translation This is a rather meandering tale which is hard to follow without a familiarity with the Dostoevsky novel.Armed with some understanding of the novel, this becomes an interesting translation.It's amazing to watch Kurosawa take its Russian roots and transfer it to Japanese culture.All in all, it's far from being one of his best.But like almost all of his work, it has moments which are fascinating.I would recommend it only to someone who is familiar with the novel or is trying to plow their way through it.