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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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Drama

Certificate:

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Details

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Tokubei Izumiya: Pardon my abrupt question, but is it true that doctors play no part in life and death?
Dr. Kyojô Niide: It seems so.
Tokubei Izumiya: The people meant to live recover, and those meant to die pass away? Doctors have nothing to do with it?
Dr. Kyojô Niide: It may mean that.
Tokubei Izumiya: Bad and good doctors are the same, then? Expensive medicines and those sold in pharmacies are the same? Of course, an eminent doctor like yourself is different, I am sure...
Dr. Kyojô Niide: Don't make me an exception. Don't hold back. Say what's on your mind.
Tokubei Izumiya: I'm afraid I have displeased you.
Dr. Kyojô Niide:
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One of the Master's Masterpieces
1 December 2000 | by MalfredSee all my reviews

Akahige / Red Beard is 3 hours, 5 minutes long, but I strongly recommend it. It shows a definite maturity of style over Samurai (54), Throne of Blood (57), Yojimbo (61), to which it manages to subtly refer. In between was the slow-but-intense Crime/Class drama High and Low (63). Red Beard takes AK's observed modern style back to the feudal setting. One should set aside 4 hours for it, though, as you may need the break and, if you're like me, you'll want to see certain scenes again. Long composed/blocked shots and a "small" story make it seem slow, but I've found it fascinating all three times--rich in detail, with AK's familiar ensemble doing their best acting yet.


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