Red Beard

Red Beard

DVD - 2002 | Japanese
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A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2002
ISBN: 9780780025769
Branch Call Number: JPN 791.4372 R3127k1
Language Note: In Japanese with optional English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (185 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 09, 2019

This is perhaps Kurosawa's most mature humanist film [the second would be Ikiru]. We see how a selfish man grows thru struggles with harsh realities of caring for the poor.

A masterpiece.

May 16, 2016

This is a 1965 Japanese period drama directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a town doctor and his new trainee, based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection: "Akahige shinryōtan (赤ひげ診療譚)."
Trained in a Dutch medical school in Nagasaki during the 19th century, the arrogant Yasumoto aspires to the status of personal physician of the Shogunate, a position currently held by a close relative.
His father is already a well-established, highly competent physician.
Yasumoto believes that he should progress through the safe, and well-protected, army structure of medical education.
For Yasumoto's post-graduate medical training, however, he has been assigned to a rural clinic under the guidance of Dr. Kyojō Niide (played by Toshiro Mifune).
Called Akahige ("Red Beard") because of his reddish beard, Dr. Niide may seem like a tyrannical task master, but in reality he is a compassionate clinic director.
The film looks intot the problem of social injustice and explores two of Kurosawa's favourite topics: humanism and existentialism.

Green_Bird_203 Nov 30, 2012

The second half - misery of poor children - seems weak, hypocritic and too melodramatic. It has less to do with Mifune.

Oct 29, 2012

Technical brilliance

Oct 20, 2012

The is the last B/W film by director Kurosawa. At 3 hours long, it is very slow in some places, especially at the beginning before several sub-plots emerge. It is a film about human kindness, wickedness, and poverty-induced misery. A young, arrogant doctor in training matured into a kindand carrng physian under the mentorship of 'Red Beard', played by Toshiro Mifune as the more seasoned doctor and a man of compassion and kindness. If you have 3 hours, bring some tissues and enjoy this movie experience, and take a lesson in humanity as well.

Sep 19, 2011

I agree,the fight was awesome.

Awesome fight scene in this!


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Oct 20, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is one scene in which a naked, female patient is being operated on. Some nudity was shown.

Oct 20, 2012

Violence: There is only one fighting scene where arms and legs were broken. No other violent scenes otherwise.

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Oct 20, 2012

Ron@Ottawa thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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