The Face of Another (1966)

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A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.

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  • Tatsuya Nakadai in The Face of Another (1966)
  • Miki Irie in The Face of Another (1966)
  • Mikijirô Hira and Tatsuya Nakadai in The Face of Another (1966)
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7 April 2019 | Aoi_kdr
| If we lose our faces and wear that's of the other people, what we will do?
Aww, interesting! What a great opening scene this film has! All the scenes at the hospital remind me avant-garde movement, they look like an artistic music video. The way the director expressed his vision was ahead of its time.

This movie is about a man who lost his face in an accident. That event starts a domino effect of questions. Will the loss of his face also take the love of his wife and social status away? Or his servile spirit that was distorted by being too paranoid makes him do so? If we lose our faces and wear that's of the other people, what we will do?

My favorite shot is this: during a panoramic scene of a construction site the main protagonist gave a speech about his intention of buying other's man face. I felt that this scene was an allegory of how to buy a new face and put on make-up can reflect how the construction site will change the landscape forever.

The appearance of the face is one of the ways that shows I am me. But if we could wear another's face, we don't have to be responsible for own actions. Because it is not necessary to act as who I was before.

I think the morals of the people and individual personalities can't exist without the acknowledgment that we have unique existence. In other words, the consciousness recognized as its kind of person that can make its personalities and morals. It's like the philosophy behind the 'GHOST IN THE SHELL.'

Though 'women's make-up' the director gives us an example of masks in this movie, I think we can also refer to social media websites now. Exaggerating myself has become the obvious thing to do there. Many people release information of own their private lives easily like movie stars. Anyone can wear masks as they want and act as their ideal self. Which is the true self, the "polished stone" or just one as it is?

Why are women wear makeup? Because of the assertiveness that women don't have enough natural face to show off to the others. It's just humbleness, not to trick men.

I was surprised to hear an opinion like in this. In my opinion, the main reason women wear makeup as equipment to survive through modern society. Although my first thought was that I wear makeup because I don't want anyone to underestimate my abilities, maybe I have an element of humbleness. When I go to work with my lighter makeup, everyone worried that I was very tired. So I can't show my boss and co-workers my natural face.

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