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The Idiot (1951 film)

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Genre  Drama
Music director  Fumio Hayasaka
Country  Japan
7.5/10 IMDb

Director  Akira Kurosawa
Story by  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Language  Japanese
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Release date  23 May 1951 (1951-05-23)
Based on  The Idiot  by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Writer  Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Eijiro Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa
Cast  Setsuko Hara (Taeko Nasu), Masayuki Mori (Kinji Kameda), Toshir? Mifune (Denkichi Akama), Yoshiko Kuga (Ayako), Takashi Shimura (Ono, Ayako's father), Chieko Higashiyama (Satoko, Ayako's mother)
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The Idiot (白痴, Hakuchi) is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the novel The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky.


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After narrowly escaping death during the recent war, Kameda returns to Japan from Okinawa, where he has been confined to an asylum. Because he is subject to seizures of epilepsy, he is considered to be mentally ill. During his journey home, he meets and becomes friends with Akama, who is returning home to receive his inheritance after a long estrangement because of his love for Taeko, who has been the mistress of Tohata since her childhood. Tohata, fearing disgrace for his abusive treatment of Taeko, has agreed to provide a dowry of Y600,000 to Kayama, but Akama offers him Y1,000,000 not to marry her. Despised by women and treated as chattel by the other men, Taeko realizes it is only Kameda who sees who she truly is when he looks deep into her soul and tells her “You’re not that kind of person.” Akama proposes to Taeko, but she delays responding. Akama jealously interprets this to mean that she is really in love with Kameda. His jealousy grows until he ultimately murders Taeko and both men go mad with grief.

Production background

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The film is in black and white at an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. This was Kurosawa's second film for the Shochiku studio, after the previous year's Scandal.

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Originally intended to be a two-part film with a running time of 265 minutes. After a single, poorly received, screening of the full-length version the film was severely cut at the request of the studio. This was against Kurosawa's wishes. When the re-edited version was also deemed too long by the studio, Kurosawa sardonically suggested the film be cut lengthwise instead. According to Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, there are no existing prints of the original 265-minute version. Kurosawa would return to Shochiku forty years later to make Rhapsody in August, and, according to Alex Cox, is said to have searched the Shochiku archives for the original cut of the film to no avail.

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"Of all my films, people wrote to me most about this one... ...I had wanted to make The Idiot long before Rashomon. Since I was little I've liked Russian literature, but I find that I like Dostoevsky the best and had long thought that this book would make a wonderful film. He is still my favourite author, and he is the one — I still think — who writes most honestly about human existence."


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Rotten Tomatoes reports 78% approval for The Idiot among nine critics, with an average rating of 6.9/10.


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