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Director:
Writers:
Masato Ide (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (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:
Kurosawa's Titanic 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
Yoichi Matsue .... assistant director (as Yôichi Matsue)
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:
Director Trademark: [Akira Kurosawa] [weather]The film is well-known for its snowy sequences. Light-hearted scenes are accompanied by snow. Also, like in most Kurosawa films, rainy weather is present in this movie as well, during the somber scene where Yasumoto meets one of the patients, Sahachi.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 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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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Kurosawa's Titanic, 23 May 2002
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

This was the sixth Kurosawa film I ever saw, in a film-viewing binge that began with Seven Samurai and has yet to satiate me. It did, however, mark a turning point for me as it did for him.

Up to then, I had only seen the B&W Samurai classics of the 50s and early 60s. The must-sees: not just Seven Samurai, but Yojimbo and Throne of Blood. The under-appreciated Sanjuro, and the light but enduring Hidden Fortress. This was my first non-samurai film from him. What I did not realise until later was that it was his career apotheosis.

Red Beard is not Kurosawa's best film. Yet when it came out, it was a phenomenon much like Titanic 30 years later. It broke the bank, it was an exercise in unprecedented creative and financial power by a major filmmaker, and it appealed to filmgoers like few filmes before or since. Kurosawa built a hospice and miniature village for his characters to inhabit, and this episodic story of a young star doctor discovering a vocation among the poor under the gruff "red beard" (Mifune) feels all the more authentic for it. It is a film of such deliberate ease and confidence that it could only be made by this director, at this point in his career. It could not be anything less than the fullest exploration of his most cherished themes - social injustice, the redemptive power of human kindness, personal codes. It could also do nothing but foreshadow his decline.

That's a lot of expectation to pile onto the unsuspecting viewer, so what do you get during those 3 hours? You get a first-class drama, Mifune's finest performance, and one of the most beautiful tear-jerkers ever to grace a screen. All the while, countless instances of technical brilliance remind you why this film could only be made by this director: a surgery covered in nothing but an extended closeup of the young doctor, an eerie seduction covered in an almost static, dreamlike wide shot, and, halfway through, the ass-kicking of a life-time and its touching follow-up.

This is an extinct form of filmmaking, one preserved in the ember of its stark black-and-white film stock. The cinematic equivalent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton: there are ways in which you won't relate, but it is daunting, powerful, and a journey into an intriguing other world well worth spending 3 hours in, and then some.

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