A Page of Madness


Time Out says

Acted by an avant-garde theatre group, conceived and directed by one-time kabuki female impersonator Kinugasa, A Page of Madness remains one of the most radical and challenging Japanese movies ever seen here. An old sailor works as a janitor in an asylum to stay close to his insane wife and to help her to escape, except that she doesn't want to go... Kinugasa deploys a battery of expressionist distortions and otherwise stylised images to plunge his audience into 'irrational' experience, always withdrawing to a 'saner' perspective, and then undercutting that with another visual or dramatic shock. This version has music added by Kinugasa when he rediscovered the print in 1970.


Release details

60 mins

Cast and crew

Teinosuke Kinugasa
Yasunari Kawabata
Masao Inoue
Yoshie Nakagawa
Ayako Iijima
Hiroshi Nemoto
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