The Face of Another

The film tells the story of a disfigured due to a bad experience scientist-chemist by the name of Okuyama, who is trying to find himself in a world where people judge each other by appearance. Burnt skin Okuyama doctor offers to conceal under the mask, thoroughly imitating the human face, and Mr. Okuyama agrees. Now he is a different person, free from past life, from his wife and friends, finally, from himself. Alien face allows him to go on a serious psychological experiment...

  • Hiroshi Teshigahara

Release Date: 1967-06-09
IMDb icon 8/10
  • Country: JP
  • Language: Japanese | German
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $35,185
Agnella Airlee
18 February 2013 | 08:42

It is considered that all much worse than the film adaptation of the literary source. And in General I agree with this statement. But here is a Japanese film directed by Hiroshi surrealist Teshigahara "Alien face" filmed by the novel by avant-garde writer Kobo Abe personally me how once an exception of this rule. Maybe all the case in that the film Teshigahara I discovered early works by Kobo Abe.

The young scientist after a chemical accident disfigured face. It each psychiatrist makes for his artificial face — a kind of mask, cast from another person. (The book was written in 50-ies of the 20th century and plastic surgery then, even didn't do even in such an advanced country as Japan) And on the main character in the head start to come different strange thoughts. For example, it decides to test his wife, who is not saw him in a new guise. He adjusts familiarity with her order to coerce her to sexual intercourse. Along the way, very korotenechko tells the story of a young woman from where after a nuclear explosion in Herosime burnt half face. She lives his brother waiting is not wait and when finally the war starts, so in a time of war, everyone will spit on her appearance.

The genre is a real science fiction with elements of a Thriller. But in fact, the film has deep philosophical roots. And Abe and Teshigahara tried to show on the example of individuals that all around are forced to wear masks. Mask in the work of Kobo Abe is an entity which completely engulfs the main character. The authors believe that the future development of industrial and technological progress the mask will completely enslave a person. There will be a new time — Time masks. As I realized the film is the obvious parallel with the Nazi idea of creating Superman. It is no coincidence that the main character and his friend the psychiatrist constantly sit in some German bar. And theme music sound in Japanese, in the German language. The climax of the film be the final shots in which the characters went out on the street, find yourself in surrounded by a faceless crowd of masks. In General, for the main character a change of the person is not an enforced measure, but rather scientific experiment to he consciously, in order to check how the mask will affect his identity.

The film is very different from books. For example, in the work of Kobo Abe no psychiatrist. There protagonist makes himself a mask and myself a dispute. In the movie is one of the key characters. Do all the book is Kobo Abe more like a diary of a scientist, it is almost there no twists and turns, and only solid allegations of the protagonist, who out of the head immediately after reading. The film Teshigahara much more spectacular. It can be perceived as cool, exciting Thriller. Have it the strongest atmosphere unimportant role in the establishment, which was played by the composer Toru Takemitsu. His music is perfectly suited to the General atmosphere of the picture. Well and of course just brilliant starring on my opinion, the best Japanese actor of all time, Tatsuya is Nakadai. The first half of the film from his character generally there face it all wrapped in bandages. The actor plays exclusively in the language of the body and he are able to fully reveal your image. We see embittered on the whole world, his wife, colleagues, or just random passers-by the man who in virtue of his intelligence this anger not produces output. But still a very vivid image came from his wife, a sweet simpleton, which is how it seemed to me, very fond of his wife and therefore had to constantly stand on his cold irritation.

In the film a similar theme raised by many Directors, for example the German Rainer Werner Fassbinder in his film "Despair" with Dirk Bogart in the title role. There as the main character, experiencing a crisis, goes to experiment, conscious substitution of his personality. Yeah and a certain comrade according to the name of Kim Ki-Duk in "Time" on their way tried to understand the problem of masks in modern society. Though of course, over these kind of attempts made to amuse rather than to be taken seriously. But even this series is a film by Hiroshi Teshigahara is in the win. In compared to a film by Fassbinder "Alien face" looks a lot more stylish and modern form, certainly a much more intelligent and deep content compared to the creation of Kim Ki Duka.

But the important thing is what Hiroshi Teshigahara on my 100% managed to convey the atmosphere of the book. Probably because he Kobo Abe, took part in the filming. So on my opinion this movie, just a perfect adaptation.

Of 9 10

Chelsea McCutcheon
01 November 2011 | 07:46

Prologue the Doctor about that it is artificial things, human-like, healing systems and fills the void of the mind, chic-at the limit of drama waltz from the Torah Takemitsu on the homogeneous background of a faceless crowd and then we under the x-ray pose of the protagonist-a man driven, as he himself, lost face in the course of military (scientists-experimental)action with nature. Losing face, their place in life, their self, in nature, away from itself the amorphousness of his story of the tragedy, a sad newspaper, basest desires at least something to fill the void trembling fear to be alone, says the full deformation. He no want that would anyone ever seen a disfigured, losing all the light from the world of life he's ashamed of his face, looking for light and freedom alone the dark, where, how it seems it none see it will be like everything but where there is no light.

And here it goes street a crowd of people, where all turn it but it is not draws no on whom the attention, feeling alien, a monster. Cogdon calls himself a monster, he has refers to the appearance or internal deformation of the moral and ethical qualities, or and both?After that, people have almost empty, demoralized with it you can do all that anyone he will not miss a chance that would return to the past life, and for a fresh start to live."-Revenge?It is not in revenge. I want my wife has discriminated against to cuzillion. If I succeed, that it will help."He wants to say?Incidentally, his wife tries to help him, to create the appearance that it does not matter why her husband in bandages, to kill in my feelings of disgust for him, but it is not give her to do that, he don't need this visibility, so as he can not stand to look at himself.

Second reception the doctor, after renting a room in the hotel for a new life, a hero in the conversation with the doctor claims that the mask to use for all human feelings and the doctor then, predicts that a character can run away from himself, the one who is now is not able to arouse feelings of jealousy at his wife.

The second character is with a disfigured on half of the face of a beautiful girl who tries blowing away the pity and disgust of the people, alienation and fear of children. Working in the institution for the insane reveals to him the goodness and the answer recognition. She does not wear a mask and tries to be as it is.

And the last main character of the film is the doctor is a kind of evil genius. He realizes that his experiment is very dangerous, but it is riven by scientific curiosity, as lead the patient, adopting a new face and a new life?He talks about that the mask can kill any morality in person in the mask the person is not burdened with the responsibility for your actions and to any other person, he stranger most natural for the mask will remain in the alone not to feel remorse.

Further, no disclosure of the plot is not have the opportunity to talk about the characters of this picture. I can only say that final deafening good.

PS the New face, which can be easily removed. A new world without families, without friends, without enemies. Crime will disappear, because criminals will. No one wants freedom, because everything will be free. No one will run, because nowhere to run and nowhere. Loneliness and friendship will be inseparable whole. Will be unnecessary to trust others, because there will be betrayal and suspicion.

10 of 10

Stephenie Dickson
03 December 2017 | 11:29

Hiroshi Teshigahara wonderful Japanese Director who gave us the film adaptation of novels by Japanese writer Kobo Abe. Them the Union has created for us several pictures, which are 100% capture the spirit of novels. I think fans of the Kobo with great warmth refer to Teshigahara, because in most cases, the film adaptation of the famous books not satisfied with writers and readers. Here another effect. Hiroshi complements the novels of Abe visual double meanings, which is in the novels, and which can have its effect only in visual forms.

"Alien face" a film by Hiroshi Teshigahara not the exception. A philosophical drama tells the story of the mutilated scientist-chemist Okuyama who is trying to hide his burns under the mask imitates the human face. Picture of 1966 even now is able to impress the technical side. The authors did a great job and special moments with artificial limbs, fingers and mask itself look at so realistic, that modern masters. makeup you want to put unsatisfactory.

The film addresses the serious problems of the future, and perhaps the future still not now. The Kobo looks far ahead and offers people to have a look at the problem of masks with completely different point of view. Not want to reveal all cards and to utter unnecessary words. I advise you to first read the book and then enjoy the precise and expertly-chosen visual form Teshigahara. In the time is not afraid to experiment with the visual presentation of the material. A couple of surprises as Hiroshi can just turn the lights out a huge restaurant and leave a light only for a table the main characters, to emphasize how important their words all in one shot, without gluing installation.

"Alien face" is bordered on the joints of reality of heroes and their imagination. The Director skillfully we let go back can not doubt in the reality. The movie combines a Soviet realism, the new wave and the Japanese avant-garde — all gives your genuine style.

The style that you want to see. Nice view.

Of 9 10

How much has The Face of Another made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $35,185.
Who is the director of the movie The Face of Another?
This tv-show was directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
What is the genre of The Face of Another?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Sci-Fi, Drama, Best Sci-Fi Movies.
Who starred in The Face of Another?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mikijirô Hira, Kyôko Kishida, Miki Irie, Eiji Okada.
What is The Face of Another IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 8.
When was The Face of Another released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 1967-06-09.