Face of Another (Tanin no kao) (1966)

Rated NR 124 minutes 1966

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara

Writer: Kôbô Abe

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Miki Irie, Mikijiro Hira, Kyôko Kishida and Eiji Okada

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