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The Face of Another (Tanin no kao) (1966)

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Starring (View all)
Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai
Mr. Okuyama
Mikijiro Hira Mikijiro Hira
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Miki Irie Miki Irie
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Eiji Okada Eiji Okada
The Boss
Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki
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Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze
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Kunie Tanaka Kunie Tanaka
Patient at Mental Hospital


Written by
Kobo Abe Kobo Abe
(screenplay)


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A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
Release date: 15 July 1966
Tags: Japan (6), B&w (5), Drama (4), Japanese (4), 1966 (4), 1960s (4), Kobo Abe (3), Japanese New Wave (3), Fidelity (3), Mask (3), Disfigurement (3), Relationships (3), Identity (3), Foreign Language (2), Japanese Cinema (2), Hiroshi Teshigahara (2), (2), MMG (2), East Asia (2), Human Monstrosity (1)
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