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A Page of Madness (1926)

Kurutta ippêji (original title)
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

Director:

Teinosuke Kinugasa

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (short story), Yasunari Kawabata (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Masuo Inoue Masuo Inoue ... Servant
Ayako Iijima Ayako Iijima ... Servant's Daughter
Yoshie Nakagawa Yoshie Nakagawa ... Servant's Wife
Hiroshi Nemoto Hiroshi Nemoto ... Young Man
Misao Seki Misao Seki ... Doctor
Minoru Takase Minoru Takase ... Crazy Man A
Eiko Minami Eiko Minami ... Dancer
Kyosuke Takamatsu Kyosuke Takamatsu ... Crazy Man B
Tetsu Tsuboi Tetsu Tsuboi ... Crazy Man C
Shintarô Takiguchi Shintarô Takiguchi ... Boy
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A husband picks up a job as a janitor at an insane asylum scheming all the time to be close to and free his wife from the institution where she recently attempted suicide. A score was added when in 1970 the reels were unearthed after they were considered lost for decades. The director approved and subsequently repudiated this version. Written by aghaemi

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The film was shot in duration of a single month. A considerably long production period for a standard Japanese film at the time. Director Teinosuke Kinugasa claims that this was due to the lack of proper funding for the project; because of which he couldn't afford accommodations for his actors which caused them to sleep on the set, or in the front office. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissued in Japan in 1973 with musical score replacing original benshi. See more »

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Referenced in Century of Cinema: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) See more »

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Probably a Shadow of Its Former Self ...
12 July 2018 | by max-seitz-1990See all my reviews

Kurutta Ippeji offers a view on the distorted perspective of a troubled janitor in a mental asylum. As a proof of concept, it shows that experimental cinematic techniques can affect the way narration is perceived by the viewer - here, the visual elements contribute to how the viewer experiences the characters' mental state. As an experiment, the movie possibly even makes a stronger case than the comparably surreal Hausu (1977), which is partly imbalanced in its style. However, due to the poor visual quality and the lack of functional storytelling, this experimental feature can't be easily recommended to people looking for a more conventional feature. Overall 7/10 Full Review on movie-discouse.blogspot.com


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forgotten Pages See more »

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Runtime:

(1975 sound) | (2007 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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