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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:
Towards enlightenment 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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Trivia:
Toshiro Mifune usually appeared in several films a year for Toho, doing many cameos and guest roles. However, he chose not to do any that year as he filmed Red Beard, allowing himself to be fully immersed in what would be his last film for Kurosawa.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 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:"Red Beard"?
Genzo Tsugawa:The head doctor. His beard is sort of reddish.
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Towards enlightenment, 9 February 2003
Author: jandesimpson from United Kingdom

"Red Beard" is the noble conclusion to Kurosawa's monochrome period which undoubtedly contained his finest work. Although there were beautifully choreographed action scenes still to come in "Kagemusha" and "Ran", nothing was quite the same after this quiet meditation on the stirrings of humanity in a dark and otherwise uncaring world. The period is early 19th century, the place a hospital for the socially impoverished run by a doctor who manages to combine idealism and pragmatism, the two essential ingredients needed to facilitate the emergence of enlightenment. Although the great Toshiro Mifune dominates the film as the hospital head, it is the effect of his presence on the young doctor who pays him a visit that is the main theme of the narrative. Yasumoto, selfish and ambitious, has no intention to begin with of devoting his services to the hospital but one by one his defences collapse as he learns from the example of an idealist who has shed all vestiges of selfishness. There are constant reminders that medicine was at a rudimentary stage in its development and of the dedication needed by pioneers at a time when most answers still remained unknown and everything was largely a matter of easing rather than curing. I would not claim that "Red Beard" is among Kurosawa's half dozen greatest works. At just over three hours it sprawls in a discursive way. A lengthy flashback of a dying patient's reasons for seeking a form of absolution rather impedes the narrative flow in spite of some impressive visuals of snowscapes and an earthquake. But then the structure of the whole film rather has the episodic quality of a soap opera where momentum is maintained by proceeding from one crisis to another. Nevertheless it is full of wonderfully contrasted sequences from the knockabout humour of Mifune applying his medical skills to warding off a group of assailants by breaking their limbs like matchsticks to the tender scene of the young doctor being nursed back from sickness by the girl rescued from enslavement in a brothel. And then there is the rain. Where would a Kurosawa film be without those torrential downpours to remind us of the physical discomfiture that a journey towards enlightenment entails.

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