The Face of Another

The Face of Another

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara • 1966 • Japan
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo, Mikijiro Hira

A staggering work of existential science fiction, THE FACE OF ANOTHER dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (YOJIMBO’s Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist’s radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. With unforgettable imagery, Teshigahara’s film explores both the limits and freedom in acquiring a new persona, and questions the notion of individuality itself.

The Face of Another
  • The Face of Another

    Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara • 1966 • Japan
    Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo, Mikijiro Hira

    A staggering work of existential science fiction, THE FACE OF ANOTHER dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (YOJIMBO’s Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in a...

Extras

  • THE FACE OF ANOTHER Video Essay

    The following video essay about THE FACE OF ANOTHER, by James Quandt of the Cinematheque Ontario, was recorded in 2007.