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Red Beard (1965) More at IMDbPro »Akahige (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Masato Ide (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Monument to the Goodness in Man" See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... 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

Takashi Shimura ... Tokubei Izumiya

Chishû Ryû ... Mr. Yasumoto
Haruko Sugimura ... Kin, the madam

Kinuyo Tanaka ... Madame Yasumoto, Noboru's mother
Eijirô Yanagi ... Madwoman's father
Kôji Mitsui ... Heikichi
Kô Nishimura ... Chief retainer
Nobuo Chiba ... Matsudaira
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Rokusuke
Ken Mitsuda ... Genpaku Amano, Masae's father
Yôko Fujiyama ... Chigusa, Masae's sister
Yôko Naitô ... Masae
Reiko Nanao ... Otoku
Imari Tsuji ... Okatsu
Akiko Nomura ... Ofuku
Sue Mitobe ... Otake
Kin Sugai ... Chôji's Mother
Michiko Araki ... Brothel owner
Bokuzen Hidari ... Patient A
Atsushi Watanabe ... Patient B
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Businessman
Yutaka Sada ... Resident
Ikio Sawamura ... Resident
Noriko Honma ... Resident
Miyoko Nakamura ... Okoto
Akiko Kazami ... Masae's mother
Chisato Aoki ... Prostitute
Kyoko Kurisu ... Prostitute
Yukiko Yanagishita ... Prostitute
Toshiko Fukai ... Prostitute
Keiko Tomita ... Girl on street
Shôji Ôki ... Thug
Shôichi Hirose ... Thug
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi ... Thug
Masanobu Ôkubo ... Chôji's Father
Fujio Tokita ... Thug
Yasuo Araki ... Thug
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Thug
Shin Ibuki ... Thug
Kanzô Uni ... Thug (as Kan Uni)
Hiroto Kimura ... Thug
Shû Komoro ... Thug
Ryû Kuze ... Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susumu Ishikawa

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Masato Ide (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) &
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay)

Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel "Akahige shinryô tan")

Produced by
Ryûzô Kikushima .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai 
Takao Saitô 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Costume Design by
Yoshiko Samejima 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masanobu Deme .... assistant director
Yôichi Matsue .... assistant director
Shirô Moritani .... first assistant director
Kenjirô Ohmori .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nozomi Fukusako .... assistant art director
Akio Nojima .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Zen Sashida .... sound assistant
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound mixer
Shin Watarai .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Fumiyoshi Hara .... assistant lighting technician
Kazutami Hara .... assistant camera
Katsuhiro Kato .... assistant camera
Hiromitsu Mori .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Reiko Kaneko .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Yoshio Sekine .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Shigeru Kishima .... production assistant
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Yûichi Yoshitake .... acting office
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akahige" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
185 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2002) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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. Kyojô Niide:Poverty's a political problem they say. But what has politics ever done for the poor? Has a law been passed to get rid of poverty and ignorance?
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto:But this place! Government funds-...
Dr. Kyojô Niide:Better this than nothing. The problem is deeper than that. If it weren't for poverty, half of these people wouldn't be sick.
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto:I know.
Dr. Kyojô Niide:There is always some story of great misfortune behind illness.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Monument to the Goodness in Man", 3 November 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

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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