• Japan
  • 1951
  • 166 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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After finishing what would become his international phenomenon Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa immediately turned to one of the most daring, and problem-plagued, productions of his career. The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nineteenth-century masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul’s reintegration into society—updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan’s postwar aimlessness—was a victim of studio interference and, finally, public indifference. Today, this “folly” looks ever more fascinating, a stylish, otherworldly evocation of one man’s wintry mindscape.

Cast

Taeko NasuSetsuko Hara
Kinji KamedaMasayuki Mori
Denkichi AkamaToshiro Mifune
Ayako UnoYoshiko Kuga
Ono, the fatherTakashi Shimura
Satoki OnoChieko Higashiyama
TohataEijiro Yanagi

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerTakashi Koide
Based on the novel byFyodor Dostoyevsky
ScreenplayEijiro Hisaita and Akira Kurosawa
CinematographyToshio Ubukata
EditingT. Saito
Art directorSo Matsuyama
MusicFumio Hayasaka

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