Hakuchi (The Idiot)
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A former soldier is branded an idiot because of his epileptic seizures caused by wartime experiences. He shows unbridled compassion for people after he moves in with friends of his family as he tries to help a young man ruined by the war and a woman hounded by a wealthy but cruel suitor. All the characters are victims of the war and its devastating emotional aftershocks. Taken from Feodor Dostoyevsky's classic novel, the screenplay was written by the film's director, Akira Kurosawa. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Motivation switches on a dime, and the story takes the long way around to get anywhere it's going."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"There's a dreamlike quality to the story and the actors take on a trance-like state that fits the up-and-down emotional states of the volatile characters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hobbled mostly by the original material, a Dostoevsky novel, as well as an 80 minute cut imposed by the studio bosses, it is still worth seeing, especially for Kurosawa fans--this means everybody obviously."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Kurosawa's passion comes through in his creative solution to the challenge of long dialogue scenes... and in the gentle beauty of the snow-covered location footage..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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