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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Did You Know?
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
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
[Showing the newly-arrived Yasumoto around the clinic
It's terrible here. You'll have to stay and see for yourself. The patients are slum people, full of fleas and lice. They even smell bad. We don't get much money. And Red Beard is after us night and day.
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
The head doctor. His beard is sort of reddish.