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Dr. Akagi (1998)
"Kanzo sensei" (original title)

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At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.

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Credited cast:
Akira Emoto ...
Dr. Fuu Akagi
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Sonoko
Juro Kara ...
Umemoto
Masanori Sera ...
Toriumi
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Piet
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Tomiko
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Gin
Yukiya Kitamura ...
Sankichi
Masato Yamada ...
Masuyo
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Nosaka
Masatô Ibu ...
Ikeda
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Wayne Doster ...
Robert Hugh Harper
Ben Hiura
Kazuhiko Kanayama ...
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Dr. Akagi, a rural physician in Japan during WWII, wages a one-man crusade against hepetitis, earning him a reputation as "Dr. Liver." But his fanatic campaign brings him into disfavor with the Japanese army, and as the war seems more and more hopeless for the Japanese, Dr. Akagi finds himself increasingly a scapegoat. Written by Mike Myers <mikecmyers@hotmail.com>

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$71,832 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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DR. AKAGI (Shohei Imamura, 1998) ***
1 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Interesting if typically overlong multi-character drama with a wartime setting, about the exploits of an ageing and old-fashioned doctor (whose diagnosis for all his patients is always the same: hepatitis!) in a fishing community. Several enjoyable vignettes along the way: the young prostitute who becomes the doctor's aide but continues in her clandestine profession against his better judgment; the doctor's appearance at a Tokyo medical conference, in which he is moved to tears by the reception given him by the more illustrious colleagues present; the girl hiding an injured soldier who has escaped from a P.O.W. camp, involving the doctor and several other people from the village (who are later tortured by the authorities); the girl hunting a blue whale, in emulation of her legendary fisherman father, at the film's surprising and strangely beautiful climax - after which she and the doctor witness the historic blast of the atom bomb (which, to the latter appears in the form of an enlarged liver, a common trait of the dreaded hepatitis!).


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