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Rated NR · 75 minutes · 1926

Drama
Teinosuke Kinugasa's mind-boggling silent masterpiece of 1926 was thought to have been lost for 40 years until the director discovered a print in his garden shed. A seaman hires on as a janitor at an insane asylum to free his wife, who's become an inmate after attempting to kill herself and her baby. The film's expressionist style is all the more surprising because Japan had no such tradition to speak of; Kinugasa hadn't even seen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari when he made this. Yet the rhythmic pulsation of graphic, semiabstract depictions of madness makes the film both startling and mesmerizing.
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Writer: Yasunari Kawabata and Teinosuke Kinugasa
Producer: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Cast: Masao Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa, Ayao Iijima and Hiroshi Nemoto

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