The Idiot (Hakuchi) (1951)

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Released 12-May-2006
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Based on Dostoyevky's The Idiot, Akira Kurosawa translates his favourite author's tale of love and murder to the snowy northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Kameda, mentally fragile and unable to lie, returns home, meeting Akama (Mifune) on the train. They become involved with the brash, betrothed former concubine Taeko (Hara) and the innocent Ayoko, leading to an intricate, complicated and ultimately tragic web of love, hate and human frailty.

The film that Kurosawa felt he had put more of himself into than any other picture, The Idiot is a psychological drama of unparalleled beauty, retaining all elements that have made Kurosawa's reputation as one of the best directors of all time.

Kurosawa's original version of The Idiot - running to 265 minutes - was never released publicly. Asked to reduce the running time by half, Kurosawa is said to have retorted that the film should be cut lengthwise. His original is now deemed irretrievably lost; this version, running to 159 minutes, is the original Japanese theatrical release of 1951.

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Setsuko Hara
Masayuki Mori
Toshir˘ Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Chieko Higashiyama
Chiyoko Fumiya
Eijir˘ Yanagi
Yoshiko Kuga
Minoru Chiaki
Eiko Miyoshi
Noriko Sengoku
Mitsuyo Akashi
Directed by
Akira Kurosawa
Fumio Hayasaka
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Drama 1951 159:35 576i (PAL) 4
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Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (224Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio & Animation, Gallery-Stills, Trailer-Early Summer; An Autumn Afternoon; Seven Samarai, Trailer-Taste Of Cherry; The Wind Will Carry Us
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