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Director:
Writers:
Masato Ide (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
19 December 1968 (USA) See more »
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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:
Touching Low-Paced Lesson of Humanity See more (56 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:
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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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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: 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 »
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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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Touching Low-Paced Lesson of Humanity, 10 September 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the arrogant and proud just-graduated Dr. Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama) is forced to work in the Koshikawa Clinic, a non-profit health facility ruled by Dr. Kyojio Niide (Toshirô Mifune), a.k.a. "Red Beard". "Red Beard" is a good, sentimental, but also very firm, strong and fair man. While in the clinic, Dr. Yasumoto becomes responsible for healing the hurt teenager Otoyo (Terumi Niki), and he learns a lesson of humanity, becoming a better man.

"Akahige" is another magnificent work of Master Akira Kurosawa. The touching and low-paced story is very beautiful, and shows the redemption of a spoiled man that becomes a human being, learning important and worthwhile values of life. It is almost impossible to highlight one individual performance in such a spectacular cast, but Toshirô Mifune shows his versatility in the role of the good "Red Beard". The 185 running time, with intermission, does not make any part of this interesting story boring, and this film is highly recommended for any sensitive audience. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Barba Ruiva" ("The Red Beard")

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