Monday, October 21, 2013

A Page of Madness

Last week in my Japanese film class I watched Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1926 experimental film A Page of Madness. And you can too! Right here! 

I must warn you though, if you don't like films that lack clear narratives and have all sorts of unsettling surrealist imagery than you may want to skip this one. However if your immensly interested in pre-war Japanese film and avant-garde cinema in general than I would highly recommend giving this one a watch, especially as its available right here in (what I think is) its entirety. Still not sure if this one's for you? Check these freaky images out below! 

Sort of looks like the stuff of nightmares doesn't it? But actually there's a lot of really interesting Japanese post-war subtext in here. The story takes place in a mental asylum (cheery!) and the patients are seen going about their business with their mental-illnesses being manifested in different ways - mostly shown through surealist visuals. The main story, if you could call it that, revolves around a man who apparently works at the asylum whose wife is a patient there - apparently the result of their child having drowned some years earlier. So yes, this is not exactly light content. Still, A Page of Madness is considered to be a monumental piece of Japanese cinema and warrants a watch for anyone interested in the history of that country or film in general. 

That's all I'll say for now - it's midterm time so this one's short - if you chose to watch this I hope you enjoyed it or at least found it interesting!      

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