The Idiot

The Idiot

Synopsis

After finishing Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa immediately turned to one of the most daring, and problem-plagued, productions of his career. The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nineteenth-century masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul’s reintegration into society – updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan’s postwar aimlessness – was a victim of studio interference and, finally, public indifference. Today, this "folly" looks ever more fascinating, a stylish, otherworldly evocation of one man’s wintry mindscape.

Technical Specs

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Year: 1951
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Duration: 166 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: Hakuchi