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Program Title: The Idiot
EASC Code: JI-11
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Chinese
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Koide Takashi
Release Date: 1951
Running Time: 166 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: The famous story of the too honest and good-hearted prince, the perverse beauty and the gloomy merchant's son takes place in Hokkaido instead of Petersburg. The beauty toys with the affections of both men, while the prince is also attracted to an upstanding general's daughter . . . After his international breakthrough and success with Rashomon, Hurosawa updated Dostoyevsky's novel with this minor classic. Following closely the plot of his favorite literary work but in a slavish manner, the Japanese master managed to capture the original's greatness, filtered through his own sensibility.
Data Entry Date: 11/20/2006