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Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1951)

Original Title : Hakuchi
Director : Akira Kurosawa
Writer : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Eijirô 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
Toshirô Mifune Denkichi Akama
Takashi Shimura Ono, Ayako's father
Chieko Higashiyama Satoko, Ayako's mother
Chiyoko Fumiya Noriko
Eijirô 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.