Hakuchi / The Idiot (1951) DVD9 Criterion Collection
The Idiot is an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel.
Kurosawa takes Dostoyevsky's very Russian tale and attempts to set it within the world of postwar Japan. The novel's Prince Myshkin is replaced by Kinji Kameda (Masayuki Mori), a war veteran who lost his mind when he was condemned to death and then released. Kameda is a kind, gentle soul who can think no evil of anyone, and only does what he feels is honorable. The film tells the story of his tortured journey as he is pulled, pushed, manipulated, and befriended by the more complicated ordinary human beings of the world. These people include the volatile Akama (Toshiro Mifune), the femme fatale-like Taeko Nasu (Setsuko Hara), and the sweet young Ayoko (Yoshiko Kuga).

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:46:15 | 6.78 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga, Takashi Shimura
Country: Japan

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