The Face of Another (Tanin no kao)

November 20, 2005
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Sunday, November 13 at 3:45 pm
Sunday, November 20 at 2 pm

1966, 124 min., 35mm, b&w. Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Written by Kobo Abe. Music by Toru Takemetsu. With Tatsuya Nakadai and Machiko Kyo. Print courtesy of Museum of Modern Art with permission from Toho, Co., Ltd. and Janus Films.

A man who has lost his face in an accident acquires another man’s face and a double life, through the ministrations of a plastic surgeon who is also a psychiatrist. Based on the novel by Kobo Abe, the film is scored by Toru Takemitsu and designed with the help of Arata Isozaki. The sculptor, Tomio Miki created a mysterious interior mood, hinting at the plastic surgeon’s own instabilities. The artists who collaborated on this film all pioneered Japanese literature, music, art and architecture in the 1960s. Within the pervasive surrealistic mood of the film, note the large glass installation, obviously inspired by Marcel Duchamps. 

Buy a Film Pass today!  Watch 5 films for the price of 4! $40; Japan Society members, seniors & students $24. (Good for both After War… and Hiroshi Sugimoto film series). The Film Pass is redeemable for 5 Fall 2005 films of your choice.  To guarantee your seat, present and exchange your Film Pass at the box office for tickets on the day of the film, at least 10 minutes before screening times.   This pass cannot be combined with any other discount offers at the Japan Society.

  • Sunday, November 20, 2005
  • 2:00 pm