The Idiot

  • Dir: Kurosawa Akira

  • Japan, 1951, 166 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Hara Setsuko, Mori Masayuki, Mifune Toshiro, Kuga Yoshiko

Kurosawa’s transposition of his favorite author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel is a sarcastic reflection of the post-war trauma of Japanese society. Kameda, an “idiot”, is caught in love and agony with his friend Akama and two girls who adore his pure soul. Akama’s jealousy grows and ultimately leads to a tragic ending. The film is one of the darkest, and most controversial, films for Kurosawa, who poured every ounce of effort and love into the story of an innocent man. In a role unlike any other in her career, Hara Setsuko plays a tempestuous, sexy woman, a far cry from the serenely smiling daughters in Ozu’s films.



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