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30 November 1979 (USA) See more »
A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great work but some refinement could have made a perfect gem out of it See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Toshirô Mifune ... Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki

Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki
Miki Sanjô ... Misao Matsumoto
Kenjiro Uemura ... Susumu Nakada
Chieko Nakakita ... Takiko Nakada
Noriko Sengoku ... Apprentice Nurse Rui Minegishi
Jyonosuke Miyazaki ... Cpl. Horiguchi
Isamu Yamaguchi ... Patrolman Nosaka
Shigeru Matsumoto ... Boy with appendicitis
Hiroko Machida ... Nurse Imai
Kan Takami ... Laborer
Kisao Tobita ... Boy with typhoid
Shigeyuki Miyajima ... Officer
Tadashi Date ... Father of boy with appendicitis
Etsuko Sudo ... Mother of boy with appendicitis
Seiji Izumi ... Policeman
Masateru Sasaki ... Old Soldier
Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Dealer
Yosuke Kudo ... Boy
Yakuko Ikegami ... Gaudy Woman
Wakayo Matsumura ... Student Nurse
Hatsuko Wakahara ... Mii-chan

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazuo Kikuta  play
Akira Kurosawa  writer
Senkichi Taniguchi  writer

Produced by
Hisao Ichikawa .... producer
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
Cinematography by
Sôichi Aisaka 
Film Editing by
Masanori Tsujii 
Art Direction by
Koichi Imai 
Sound Department
Mitsuo Hasegawa .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsunekichi Shibata .... lighting technician
Isamu Shima .... still photographer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Shizukanaru kettô" - Japan (original title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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This film was not released in the U.S. until 1979.See more »
Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki:If he had been happy, he might have become just a snob.See more »


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Great work but some refinement could have made a perfect gem out of it, 18 November 2012
Author: Kong Ho Meng

Another great drama by the great director with a lot of complicated but thought-provoking issues to think about.

Mifune was amazing playing a silent character who is suffering a lot from the inside but has a strong prudent heart to not to cause hurt towards others, and the supporting cast especially the nurse were great. I also liked that this film chose an unusual way (in a sense an unorthodox way as compared to other films) to not let the sufferer reveal the whole truth to people important to him even though it might have been better that way, because that is a real Asian behaviour.

The main problem I find with this film is that the first two-thirds of the film seem to have inconsistencies in its flow of plot that sort of distorted the perception of the relationships between the important characters, and things only really start to hasten and intensify during the last fraction of the film. This is okay as a story but if the flow is more refined it could have looked a little less awkward.

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