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


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 compensate for the loss of his identity. The melodramatic elements of the film are neatly blended with moments of erotica and generous doses of existential philosophy. The Face of Another is another thought-provoking "documentary fantasy" from the director of the cult classic Woman in the Dunes.


Tatsuya Nakadai
as Mr. Okuyama
Machiko Kyo
as Mrs. Okuyama
Mikijiro Hira
as Psychiatrist
Eiji Okada
as Mr. Okuyama's boss
Bibari Maeda
as Singer in Bar
Miki Irie
as Girl with Scar
Kunie Tanaka
as Patient at Mental Hospital
Minoru Chiaki
as Apartment Superintendent
Etsuko Ichihara
as Yo-Yo Girl
Robert Dunham
as Man in Bar
Koreya Senda
as Man in Bar
Yoshie Minami
as Old Lady
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Critic Reviews for The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)

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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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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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.

danny d
danny d

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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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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A highly stylized, psychologically dense, and provocative analysis on identity, persona, freedom, and intimacy. The film asks, "If no one knew who you were, what kind of mischief would you get into?" What would happen to society if we were all anonymous? A must see for lovers of film and art in general to experience for its' cinematic eye, the surrealistic descent into the mind of a man conflicted about his own identity, the horror and sci-fi themes and its' highly effective score and performances. Photobucket

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