The Face of Another


他人の顔   [ 1966 ][ 5 ]
Director: Teshigawara Hiroshi 勅使河原宏


Plot:A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory fire receives psychotherapy from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly lifelike mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he seduces his wife and succeeds. But his wife claims she was aware all along who he was and believed that both were just masquerading together as most couples usually do in different ways. Strangely enough, his personality seemingly begins to change after he puts on the mask as if the mask has influenced his personality. His new identity does not enable him to reintegrate into society after all. A subplot is inserted in fragments. A good-natured young woman, the right side of whose face is disfigured, has been hurt by others' inquisitive eyes and insults, and has been shunned by men. She asks her older brother, the only man who understands her pain and solitude, to make love to her, hiding from him the intent of killing herself after then.

The Face of Another (他人の顔 Tanin no kao) is a 1964 novel written by the Japanese novelist Kōbō Abe. In 1966, It was adapted into a film directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Read More

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