A plastics scientist loses his face in an accident and proceeds to obtain a new face for himself. With a new 'mask', the protagonist sees the world in a new way and even goes so far as to have a clandestine affair with his estranged wife. There is also a subplot following a hibakusha woman who has suffered burns to the right side of her face. In the novel, the protagonist sees this character in a film; in the film version, this is deliberately obscured.
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|Tatsuya Nakadai||Mr. Okuyama|
|Machiko Kyô||Mrs. Okuyama|
|Eiji Okada||The Boss|
|Miki Irie||Girl with Scar|
|Minoru Chiaki||Apartment Superintendent|
|Hideo Kanze||Male Patient|
|Kunie Tanaka||Patient at Mental Hospital|
|Etsuko Ichihara||Yo-Yo Girl|
|Tôru Takemitsu||Original Music Composer||