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Red Beard (1965)
"Akahige" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  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:
Dr. Kyojô Niide
Yûzô Kayama ...
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Reiko Dan ...
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ...
Genzô Tsugawa
Terumi Niki ...
Akemi Negishi ...
Okuni, the mistress
Yoshitaka Zushi ...
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Dr. Handayû Mori
Eijirô Tôno ...
Tokubei Izumiya
Mr. Yasumoto
Haruko Sugimura ...
Kin, the madam


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 <>

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19 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Barbarroja  »

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Principal photography took two years. 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.
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A Monument to the Goodness in Man"
3 November 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Akira Kurosawa said about the film, "I had something special in mind when I made this film because I wanted to make something that my audience would want to see it, something so magnificent that people would just have to see it." Humanistic and compassionate, the film tells the story of a young doctor who after graduation from the Dutch Medical School in Nagasaki hopes to become a member of the court medical staff but instead has to take a post as an intern at a Public Clinic for the impoverished patients. The clinic is run by Dr. Nide (Toshiro Mifune) whom the destitute patients call "Red Beard". The long and difficult journey awaits the young doctor – from the initial shock and denial to work at the clinic, to learning how to understand his patients, care for them s and see the humans in them. Kurosawa describes the film, one of his directorial pinnacles as a "monument to the goodness in man". It also can be called a monument to his talent and humanism.

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