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.
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Kurosawa's desire for authenticity for this film led to having the hospital set thoroughly stocked with expensive medical supplies of the time period the film's set in. The drawers that were never referred to or opened on camera, were nevertheless filled with pills. See more
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
Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
Are these things the rule here?
Red Beard's rules. He's the dictator here. A good doctor, dedicated to his work. Many daiyamo and rich people trust him. But he's stubborn, inconsiderate, radical... and proud.
Referenced in Disciples of Hippocrates