The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao) (1967)

The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)

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Bearing traces of both Frankenstein and the 1959 Georges Franju horror classic Eyes without a Face, the Japanese The Face of Another is a disturbing Japanese drama featuring Tatsuya Nakadai. His face horribly disfigured in an accident, Nakadai, a wealthy industrialist, commissions a special mask from a renowned plastic surgeon. Nakadai's wife fails to recognize her husband and makes advances to him, which effectively destroys their relationship. Driven insane, Nakadai turns to murder to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: Jul 10, 2007
Runtime:
Toho Company Ltd.

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Critic Reviews for The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The theme is brilliantly and imaginatively explored, and the acting is potent.

Full Review… | June 25, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | June 25, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Asks probing questions about one's identity.

Full Review… | July 23, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The age of masks -- who wears what?

Full Review… | February 6, 2010
CinePassion

By the time the movie is over you'll want to rush to a mirror to spend a few minutes staring at yourself.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Filmcritic.com

masks the uneasy rebirth of a nation behind its story of personal transformation

Full Review… | June 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)

This is a film that crawls around inside your head long after the credits have rolled and the lights have come back on. A person could spend hours analyzing and dissecting the symbolism and social commentary.

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Randy Tippy

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½

what a brilliant film. entrenched in philosophy, the dialogue in the film and the films entire concept were incredibly profound and thought provoking. nakadai put in a great performance as always and the images produced through some great cinematography were perfect for creating just the right feel for the subject matter. a phenomenal film.

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danny d

Super Reviewer

½

A man with a burned face teeters on the brink of madness, torturing himself and his wife with his daily obsessions over appearance and how people are looking at him. He goes to his psychiatrist friend who also happens to be an expert in prosthetics, and is given a lifelike mask to wear, only so the Doctor can observe and study his reaction to the mask. Soon, the man has an entirely new outlook on life, but the doctor wonders if it's the man or the mask that's living this way. There's quite a surrealistic element to this film, especially with the subplot involving a disfigured girl, suicides, and Nagasaki. Unfortunately, these surrealistic elements tend to sidetrack the main narrative rather than enhance it. And while the direction is sometimes amazing, it just as often gets lost in poor editing decisions. There are scenes that have no business being in the movie or being as long as they are, and it slows the story down to a halt. I'm also not quite sure what conclusion the film intends to lead me to. I'm not sure the filmmakers knew what conclusion they were leading me to either. Having said this, I can't deny the film has a certain charisma that draws you in, and the performances by the lead actors are really quite good. In any event, I'd trade a thousand Hannah Montana films for just one film like this. A for effort.

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Devon Bott

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