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Red Beard (1965)

Akahige (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 December 1968 (USA)
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Masato Ide (screenplay), Hideo Oguni (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Dr. Kyojô Niide
Yûzô Kayama ... Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Sahachi
Reiko Dan Reiko Dan ... Osugi
Miyuki Kuwano ... Onaka
Kyôko Kagawa ... Madwoman
Tatsuyoshi Ehara Tatsuyoshi Ehara ... Genzô Tsugawa
Terumi Niki Terumi Niki ... Otoyo
Akemi Negishi ... Okuni, the mistress
Yoshitaka Zushi Yoshitaka Zushi ... Chôji
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Dr. Handayû Mori
Eijirô Tôno ... Goheiji
Takashi Shimura ... Tokubei Izumiya
Chishû Ryû ... Mr. Yasumoto
Haruko Sugimura ... Kin, the madam
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Storyline

In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, Dr. Niide, takes a young intern under his guidance through the course of a number of difficult cases. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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What is the key to life - power, prestige or peace? See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Beard See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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

Dr. Kyojô Niide: [At Lord Matsudaira's mansion: the overweight lord and his chamberlain are being counseled by Dr. Niide] As I've said, you're not ill, my lord. But you're in much worse condition. It is due to a life of luxury and ease. You indulge in rich food, you hold nothing heavier than chopsticks. Fat gathers, intake and discharge lose their balance.
Dr. Kyojô Niide: [Now reviewing the lord's menu with the chamberlain] I told you that white rice is detrimental to his health... One bowl of seven parts wheat and three parts ...
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Akira's End
14 October 2002 | by ardent-1See all my reviews

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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