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Red Beard (1965)

Akahige (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 December 1968 (USA)
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 ...
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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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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Before filming the flashback scene were Sahachi is dying in Red Beard's clinic, Kurosawa played the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, instructing the cast that this was how he wanted to audience to feel when watching this scene. It was the first scene being filmed for the movie, and helped set the tone for the rest of the film. See more »

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Niide's uniform is drenched when he arrives at Sahachi's house, but is completely dry when he goes to leave a short time later. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Noboru Yasumoto: [shouting an order to the kitchen staff] Go and get me some sake!
Genzo Tsugawa: We don't drink sake here.
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto: That's why I'll drink! I'll break every rule! No uniform. I'll be such a nuisance he'll ask me to leave!
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Perhaps too sincere for an American audience
22 March 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The story is about a young doctor who thinks a posting at a public medical clinic is below his station. But the gruff Red Beard teaches him a thing or two. The film endeavors to heighten awareness of human suffering. The viewer identifies with the young doctor and learns with him about the evils of the world and the ever-surprising lengths Red Beard goes to to mitigate them.

There is ample humor, sparse dialogue, and excellent characterization. Cinematography and other finer features are somewhat pedestrian. Yet the film is touching and memorable. It is not melodramatic, cheap, or smarmy--it is one of the films whose appeal reaches other times and nations besides 1960s Japan.


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