Hakuchi (The Idiot)
Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1963)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 30, 1963
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Difficult but rewarding drama with outstanding events and location photography of Hokkaido.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

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...

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Dan Jardine

Motivation switches on a dime, and the story takes the long way around to get anywhere it's going.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Louis Proyect

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A terrific masterpiece by Kurosawa.
Chris Browning
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danny d
even though this is one of kurosawa's more criticized films, i really liked it quite a bit. the acting and incoherence of the plot are the things most… More
Having read Dostoevsky's novels, it would be very difficult for me to even imagine how to adapt one of them into a film and still have the essence of… More
xGary Xx
Akira Kurosawa's spin on Dostoyevsky sees a man traumatised by his war time experiences resulting in a new appreciation for life. His openness and honesty… More
Dimitris Springer
Hara is the sheer benevolence of the film.You do await the breaking point just like the novel's mystical eccentricities.Kurosawa guides the dramatic… More