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Release Date:
30 November 1979 (USA) See more »
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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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I have to have the conscience of a doctor, and the conscience of a man. It is hard. See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
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Also Known As:
"Shizukanaru kettô" - Japan (original title)
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95 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Censors for the American Occupation Forces ordered changes to the script by Akira Kurosawa and Senkichi Taniguchi, especially the bleak ending in which Kyoji goes mad. They were concerned that people with syphilis would be too horrified to seek treatment.See more »
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Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki:If he had been happy, he might have become just a snob.See more »

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I have to have the conscience of a doctor, and the conscience of a man. It is hard., 20 March 2009
Author: lastliberal from United States

One rarely, if ever goes wrong watching a film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirô Mifune, even if it one of the early ones. In this film, however, the star is not Mifune, but the man who plays his father, Takashi Shimura, destined to achieve greater fame in Ikiru, and The Seven Samurai.

Mifune comes back from the war with Syphilis, a disease he contracted during an operation. He must make drastic changes in his life starting with his finance of six years, Miki Sanjo. He finds the man who gave him the disease, and spends his energy trying to get him to stop spreading it, horrified that he has a pregnant wife.

Noriko Sengoku (Stray Dog, Drunken Angel, Blind Beast) plays a self-absorbed nurse trainee and provides comedy to an otherwise depressing film. She transforms after having a baby she didn't want, and after learning of Mifune's plight. She is a talented performer in this film showing many facets.

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