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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 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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The clinic was built based on the modeling of the Koishikawa Nursing Home, which was built in 1722. Original blueprints for the structure were uncovered and used, as well. 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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Tokubei Izumiya: Pardon my abrupt question, but is it true that doctors play no part in life and death?
Dr. Kyojô Niide: It seems so.
Tokubei Izumiya: The people meant to live recover, and those meant to die pass away? Doctors have nothing to do with it?
Dr. Kyojô Niide: It may mean that.
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Dr. Kyojô Niide: Don't make me an exception. Don't hold back. Say what's on your mind.
Tokubei Izumiya: I'm afraid I have displeased you.
Dr. Kyojô Niide:
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Akira's End
14 October 2002 | by (City of Dirty Angels) – See all my reviews

It is common knowledge that many things changed for Kurosawa after this film. A breakdown, the loss of working friendship with Mifune, funding difficulties...etc...but with all the changes that followed the completion of Red Beard, while watching I couldn't help notice that everything was ironically in bloom. Akira Kurosawa's direction was never better, Mifune never acted better and at it's core Red Beard tells a story borrowed heavily form Dostoevsky, thus making this a labour of love. This film is flawless in many respects, if you're a film student, such as myself, you can take everything and pick it apart and find...The story is a simple one, a wise and determined doctor impresses a young ambitious doctor into learning what humanity is and how it exists all around us and that without it we are nothing. It tells of humanity through children and adults and the lowest depths of human existence. Some have argued the subject was a little too heavy handed but Kurosawa has always maintained that sometimes heavy handedness is needed especially for those who don't get it with a slap. In my opinion, there are periods in every artists career when they are at their best. Miles Davis was at his best before his breakdown, but the breakdown was bound to happen after creating and giving so much. I feel this is what happened to Kurosawa, he gave all that he could give and with this film, if you truly study it and study it well, (the DVD version comes with an exceptional commentary) you will find that this is one of the most finely crafted films in cinematic history, in fact as far as direction goes, it is difficult for me to think of one better directed. Fellini's best, Ozu's best, Coppola's best, Welles' best, Antonioni, Visconti, De Sica, Goddard, Renoir, Melville, Erice, you name it, watch their best with the sound off take note of the direction then compare it with RED BEARD. You will be left breathless. Kurosawa is a GREAT among the GREATS. This is visual poetry. Kurosawa's great directorial swan song. Bittersweet, for after RED BEARD something within Akira profoundly changed.


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