|KURUTTA IPPEIJI (A PAGE OF MADNESS) (director/writer: Teinosuke Kinugasa; screenwriters: Minoru Inuzuka/Banko Sawada/Yasunari Kawabata/based on an original story by Kawabata; cinematographer: Kohei Sugiyama; editor: Umeko Numazaki; cast: Masuo Inoue (The custodian), Yoshie Nakagawa (His wife), Ayako Iijima (Their daughter), Hiroshi Nemoto (Her fianc), Misao Seki (Chief doctor); Runtime: 59; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Teinosuke Kinugasa; TCM; 1926-Japan-silent)|
a vibrant and unsettling work of great
by Dennis Schwartz
An elderly former sailor (Masuo Inoue) is filled with guilt that he abandoned his wife (Yoshie Nakagawa) and daughter (Ayako Iijima) earlier on when his wife attempted to drown their infant son. To make up for it, he volunteers to work as a janitor in the insane asylum his wife is confined. He hopes to free her.
It's a vibrant and unsettling work of great emotional power.
REVIEWED ON 10/17/2016 GRADE: A
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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