The Idiot-DVD Review 05/14/2012Posted by Films to consider in Akira Kurosawa, Based on a novel, Classic film, Drama, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Japanese language film, Masayuki Mori, Psychological Suspense, Setsuko Hara.
The Idiot (Japanese) 1951
Adapted from the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Starring Masayuki Mori, Setsuko Hara, Yoshiko Kuga, and Toshirô Mifune
From director Kurosawa’s postwar series, this adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel features Kamuda (Mori), a man recently released from an asylum and branded an idiot as a result of his war injuries, and his volatile friend Akama (Mifune). Both are loved by Taeko (Hara), but even after the innocent and trusting Kameda makes a life with Ayako (Kuga), Akama cannot let go of his jealousy.
The film, set in a stark and snowy environment, stars many of Kurosawa’s favorite actors, most notably Setsuko Hara in the lead female role. It was originally 265 minutes long, but Kurosawa was forced to cut it to a still-lengthy 166 minutes.
Black and white.
Check it out on Netflix
Amazon (this link is for the Criterion Collection, not the same DVD I watched):
Eclipse Series 7: Postwar Kurosawa (No Regrets for Our Youth / One Wonderful Sunday / Scandal / The Idiot / I Live in Fear) (The Criterion Collection)