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Red Beard (1965)
"Akahige" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 December 1968 (USA)
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Kyojô Niide
Yûzô Kayama ...
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Sahachi
Reiko Dan ...
Osugi
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Onaka
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Madwoman
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Genzô Tsugawa
Terumi Niki ...
Otoyo
Akemi Negishi ...
Okuni, the mistress
Yoshitaka Zushi ...
Chôji
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Dr. Handayû Mori
Eijirô Tôno ...
Goheiji
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Tokubei Izumiya
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Mr. Yasumoto
Haruko Sugimura ...
Kin, the madam
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In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, Dr. Niide, takes a young intern under his guidance through the course of a number of difficult cases. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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19 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Before filming the flashback scene were Sahachi is dying in Red Beard's clinic, Kurosawa played the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, instructing the cast that this was how he wanted to audience to feel when watching this scene. It was the first scene being filmed for the movie, and helped set the tone for the rest of the film. See more »

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Niide's uniform is drenched when he arrives at Sahachi's house, but is completely dry when he goes to leave a short time later. See more »

Quotes

Genzo Tsugawa: We knew you were coming two weeks ago. It seems he likes you. He's unfriendly to people he likes. Not me. He never finds fault with me. He ignores me completely.
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Human drama at it's best
23 May 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This being my sixth Kurosowa film I must confess that I am constantly baffled by how timeless and powerful his directing, casting and storytelling are (check out Yojimbo, Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, Sanjuro, Dodes'keden and the sublime Seven Samurai!). But since this artist is so rennouned for his samurai pics, this one must be seen for proof of his versatility. The last film Kurosowa and Mifune did together is a triumph: it combines a perfect handling of such themes as coming-of-age, compassion and the great strength of the human heart (Mifune's titular Redbeard is a character any actor would die to play!!!). The screenplay sometimes admittedly veers close to sappiness but never indulges, despite the fact that this is a story about human suffering. Take a look at films today and you'll see how significant an accomplishment that is!!!


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