Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1963)
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as Kinji Kameda
as Taeko Nasu
as Denkichi Akama
as Ayako Uno
as Akama's Mother
as Mutsuo Kayama
as Satoki Ono, the Mother
as Kayama's Mother
Critic Reviews for Hakuchi (The Idiot)
Difficult but rewarding drama with outstanding events and location photography of Hokkaido.
Motivation switches on a dime, and the story takes the long way around to get anywhere it's going.
Hobbled mostly by the original material, a Dostoevsky novel, as well as an 80 minute cut imposed by the studio bosses, it is still worth seeing, especially for Kurosawa fans--this means everybody obviously.
Kurosawa's passion comes through in his creative solution to the challenge of long dialogue scenes... and in the gentle beauty of the snow-covered location footage...
Audience Reviews for Hakuchi (The Idiot)
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A terrific masterpiece by Kurosawa.
even though this is one of kurosawa's more criticized films, i really liked it quite a bit. the acting and incoherence of the plot are the things most often criticized, and while i agree the love story lost its focus a few times, i actually found the acting to be very engaging. as with most kurosawa films, the script was the strongest point, with diologue that was complete and poetic at times. i do feel that they could have cut another 20 minutes off the film, but this final product is an already much trimmed down version, from the original 4 1/2 hour film kurosawa intended to this 2hr and 46 minute final product. overall, another beautiful film by the master of directors.
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