THE FACE OF ANOTHER (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966)

Event Date: October 11, 2012 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

Screening in 35mm

New Visions of Japanese Cinema, Co-sponsored by The Terasaki Center

A staggering work of existential science fiction, The Face of Another dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (Yojimbo's Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist’s radical new experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the strange world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. With unforgettable imagery, Teshigahara’s film explores both the limits and freedom in acquiring a new persona, and questions the notion of individuality itself.

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"The theme is brilliantly and imaginatively explored, and the acting is potent." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER

"The Face of Another is recognized by many film scholars as one of the major Japanese films of the sixties and certainly one of Teshigahara's key achievements." - Jeff Stafford, TCM

"It is a great-looking, highly intelligent and unique piece of work that admirably encapsulates the progressive spirit of the times." - Jaspar Sharp, MIDNIGHT EYE

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Screenplay: Kôbô Abe
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo, Mikijiro Hira
Janus Films
35mm/124 min.

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