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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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Storyline

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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Akira Kurosawa:  [weather]  The film is well-known for its snowy sequences. Light-hearted scenes are accompanied by snow. Also, like in most Kurosawa films, rainy weather is present in this movie as well, during the somber scene where Yasumoto meets one of the patients, Sahachi. See more »

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At the brothel where young Otoyo is being rescued: when Red Beard (Toshiro Mifune) prepares to step out of the brothel opening to confront the thugs gathered outside, from the inside camera view, right before he steps through the door flap, there are a couple of thugs standing just right outside the opening. But from the outside shot, which shows Red Beard stepping out, the nearby thugs have changed position, and are now standing much farther away from the opening. See more »

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Dr. Noboru Yasumoto: It smells like rotten fruit.
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Films like that can influence the way we see the world
9 September 2005 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This film is practically never mentioned when Akira Kursawas best films are listed. I think this film should be at least one of the first three of such a list! I do love most of his films very much and my private choice of his best film is always this one. I saw it only once, maybe 20 years ago, but the memory of it is still very strong,. Some scenes burned their image into my mind forever! When I saw it at a small art house cinema here in Vienna, Austria, it was like a lovely dream you want to go on and on. I left the cinema thinking I just saw the best film of my life.

True, it not comparable with the story telling masterpiece Rashomon or the complex Seven Samurai. The film does not feature new ways of telling a story. But I think it is Kurosawas most human legacy in a body of work which is rich of statements on humanity. and human weaknesses and strengths. Looking at any list of current films in the cinemas today one can only wish there would be much more films like Red Beard. Films like that can influence the way we see the world, like the current films packed with violence already do. It would be a much better world for sure!

I don't go so far as to single out any part of the story. I would wish every one would see the film as I did, knowing nothing about it except the title and the director. The film speaks for itself.


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