The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)
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The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)
Bearing traces of both Frankenstein and the 1959 Georges Franju horror classic Eyes without a Face, the Japanese The Face of Another is a disturbing Japanese drama featuring Tatsuya Nakadai. His face horribly disfigured in an accident, Nakadai, a wealthy industrialist, commissions a special mask from a renowned plastic surgeon. Nakadai's wife fails to recognize her husband and makes advances to him, which effectively destroys their relationship. Driven insane, Nakadai turns to murder to compensate for the loss of his identity. The melodramatic elements of the film are neatly blended with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The theme is brilliantly and imaginatively explored, and the acting is potent."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"By the time the movie is over you'll want to rush to a mirror to spend a few minutes staring at yourself."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Asks probing questions about one's identity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"masks the uneasy rebirth of a nation behind its story of personal transformation"
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"The age of masks -- who wears what?"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"I watched Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another and read about it and thought about it, yet ultimately failed to connect with it."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You