HAKAI (1961)

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  • The OUTCAST Alternative
  • The SIN Alternative

Synopsis

One of Ichikawa's most powerful dramas, this focuses on a young man from the 'burakumin' (Japan's pariah caste) who attempts to conceal his lowly origins by posing as a teacher, yet is tormented by the desire to confess his identity to his students and superiors. Naturalistic in tone, this is also a psychologically complex and darkly beautiful piece of cinema, its climactic sequence of snowfall in the mountains serving as a metaphor for the entire narrative: a world in which the truth is always erased.

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