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August 9, 2008

The Face of Another (Tanin no Kao)








Director - Hiroshi Teshigahara

Genre - Drama


We fell deeply in love with this film. If possible, we'd like to make love to it. Horribly disfigured by an industrial mishap, our hero grows vehemently bitter. When a questionable doctor offers to create a special mask for him, he is skeptical but accepts. Light years ahead of its time, this masterpiece by Hiroshi Teshigahara relentlessly pursues the issue of identity through the psychological labyrinth of the protagonist's mind. Cinematography is artistically superior and singular. This is the best movie we've ever watched in our entire lives.

5 STARS!

All about The Face of Another (Tanin no Kao)

10 comments:

romancandle said...

I would like to see your review of Oldboy. It's a good film if you haven't seen it already. Same goes for A Tale of Two Sisters.

1minutefilmreview said...

Hi Katie, here's our review of Oldboy. As for 'A Tale of Two Sisters', yes we've seen it back then, we'll review it when we have more time. :)

CavedogRob said...

I'm so glad someone else knows about this movie! LOl! Incredible film making!

sitenoise said...

"We fell deeply in love with this film. If possible, we'd like to make love to it."

You guys crack me up! It's most excellent to drop by for a quick movie tip and get a good laugh at the same time.

1minutefilmreview said...

Cavedogrob - We've been scratching our heads on why isn't this on the top 10 list of greatest films and why aren't there more people who are aware of it's brilliance.

The day we watched the film it dawned on us that it could very well have been made in this very year, with the fashion being the only indication of the period in which it was made. Its wonderful script resonate with profound relevance and compared with many of the movies today, it is indeed a work of staggering artistry. This is why we stated that it was the best film we've ever watched in our entire lives.

In the events of our untimely deaths, our crusade to advertise this film will be passed to you and others who have read the review. Every movie lover should watch this now! (We'd like to say also that if Criterion would like to pay us for helping them market the movie, we wouldn't mind in the least bit.)

1minutefilmreview said...

Sitenoise - Thank you, kind sir. We're overjoyed that we've been able to make your day(s). Anyway, please do get a copy of this magnificent film.

Of all the films in our 'Who's Your Daddy?' category, this one really epitomizes what it means in our ratings system. Hell, it should even come with the head of Darth Vader and the sentence 'Who's Your Daddy?' should be in a speech bubble coming out of Vader's mouth! That's how good the film is. Now run and get it today! (Again, are you reading this, Criterion?)

Ed Howard said...

Yay, hyperbole! This is a really great film, and Teshigahara is amazing in general. He worked closely with the novelist Kobo Abe, on whose work several of Teshigahara's films were best. If you liked the film, I'd highly recommend Abe's novels -- the source novel The Face of Another is as good as the film, and ditto for many of Abe's other surrealist classics. My personal favorite is The Box Man.

sitenoise said...

"Who's Your Daddy?" You're killing me! Wouldn't you love it if Ebert would have said that once instead of a thumbs up? But shouldn't it be the Face of Another saying that to Darth?

In any event I have the film ordered up and am looking forward to it. Getting Woman in the Dunes as well.

1minutefilmreview said...

Ed - Whoah...you earn our deepest respect for having read Kobo Abe. We have not read a single novel from him but if time and fate permits, it'll definitely be in our cards.

Sitenoise - Darth Vader's head signifies an iconic symbol of utmost coolness and we'd prefer if Vader utters the sentence. The movie itself (Face of Another) would be represented by the black helmet.

By the way...we're not really well-versed with Transformers lore but are you a Decepticon?

sitenoise said...

"By the way...we're not really well-versed with Transformers lore but are you a Decepticon?"

Well ... you're more really well-versed than I, who have no idea if that's a wise crack or an innocent inquiry.
;)