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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:
Akira's End See more (59 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 »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Period construction of the hospital went as far as to use the right kind of aged wood that would have been used in the region at the time the film is set, per Akira Kurosawa's request.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:
Genzo Tsugawa:[Showing Yasumoto a waiting room filled with sick people] The waiting room for outpatients. They're treated for free in the afternoons...
Genzo Tsugawa:[Giving a heavy sigh] I don't know... All of them would be better off dead.
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56 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Akira's End, 14 October 2002
Author: ardent-1 from City of Dirty Angels

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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