• Japan
  • 1966
  • 124 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #395

A staggering work of existential science fiction, The Face of Another dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (Yojimbo‘s Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist’s radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. With unforgettable imagery, Teshigahara’s film explores both the limits and freedom in acquiring a new persona, and questions the notion of individuality itself.

Cast

Mr. OkuyamaTatsuya Nakadai
Mrs. OkuyamaMachiko Kyo
PsychiatristMikijiro Hira
Nurse KyokoKishida
Girl with scarMiki Irie
The bossEiji Okada
Apartment superintendent Minoru Chiaki

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video essay on the film by critic and festival programmer James Quandt
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

The Face of Another: Double Vision

By James Quandt July 09, 2007

After making his international reputation in the sixties with a series of eerie existential parables written by Kobo Abe and scored by Toru Takemitsu, and then losing it with the raw, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter Grilli July 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese intellectuals of the late twentieth century. Each in his own right was an artist of peculiar genius, each . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Face of Another: Double Vision

By James Quandt July 09, 2007

After making his international reputation in the sixties with a series of eerie existential parables written by Kobo Abe and scored by Toru Takemitsu, and then losing it with the raw, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Spectral Landscape of Teshigahara, Abe, and Takemitsu

By Peter Grilli July 09, 2007

The names Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Toru Takemitsu loom large among Japanese intellectuals of the late twentieth century. Each in his own right was an artist of peculiar genius, each . . . Read more »