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The Face of Another(他人の顔)

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Japan · 1966
2h 4m
Director Hiroshi Teshigahara
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyō, Mikijiro Hira, Kyōko Kishida
Genre Drama, Science Fiction

Okuyama, an engineer, has his face severely disfigured during an explosion in an industrial accident. Afterwards, he wears bandages over his face, but he feels physically rejected by his wife, believing that she is repulsed by him. Desperate, he obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask begins to alter his personality.

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The last film in Teshigahara's famous trilogy, this is the one which most resembles modern life and continues to elicit questions today. Featuring Tatsuya Nakadai, the face of the Japanese new wave and a spine-tingling soundtrack, the scene in the bar and everything that comes after about the doubling, or fracturing, of this man's identity remains chilling even after plastic surgery and biotechnology has been normalized in our society.

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