"The face is just a few dozen square inches above the neck, covered with a layer of dough. I wanted to think so. I told myself a million times it was only a layer of skin, a surface. But now I'm not so sure. The face is the door to the soul. When the face is closed off, so too is the soul. Nobody is allowed inside. The soul is left to rot, reduced to ruins."
While it does get points for style, it makes the most important mistake in cinema. Show, don't tell. The doctor keeps insisting that it's the mask that's making him do things. "When the waitress brought the beer, you stared at her legs. That's a sign the mask has started asserting itself." Nonsense. That's why 'Woman in the Dunes' was a masterpiece. Show, don't tell.
An original of a hitherto exhausted topic. The narrative does not reveal explicit details, which contributes to the psychological suspense for the viewer. This being said, however, the entire film was somewhat predictable. I think my appreciation stems from the use of mise en scene and surrealist elements, rather than the use of plot. The intermittent monologues were cool tho.
This film is so beautiful - it's eye candy in every second of it. Teshigahara builds a mesmerizing story that is at the same time very into the 60s futurism and timeless: there's no way you won't identify to this search for the individualities. Layer by layer - visually and emotionally - you will get caught by these pulsating urban society topics.