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
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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
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
Dr. Handayu Mori
[In the background, the women cooks can be heard calling Chobo's name into a well. Tsugawa is confused by this
The cooks are calling Chobo back. There's a belief that if you call into a well, you can call a dying person back. Wells lead to the bottom of the earth.