Red Beard

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

This lengthy film details the transformation of a young intern from a greedy idealist into a pragmatic but caring physician. In early 19th-century Japan, Dr. Kyojo Niide (Toshiro Mifune), better known as "Red Beard," is the head of a poverty-stricken public health clinic whose latest intern, Dr. Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama), has his own ideas about practicing...read more

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This lengthy film details the transformation of a young intern from a greedy idealist into a pragmatic but caring physician. In early 19th-century Japan, Dr. Kyojo Niide (Toshiro Mifune), better known as "Red Beard," is the head of a poverty-stricken public health clinic whose latest

intern, Dr. Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama), has his own ideas about practicing medicine. Despite initial signs of revolt, including excessive drinking and unorthodox dress, by film's end Yasumoto learns that being a good doctor requires much sacrifice. His new awareness is due largely to the

patience and dedication of the aging Red Beard. A powerful tale of morality and human decency, this monumental film took two years to complete and runs over three hours. While its scope would initially seem better suited to a SEVEN SAMURAI or a RAN, Kurosawa brings a battlefield-like intensity to

a different arena--the public health clinic. Here the wise Red Beard is faced with the same tragedies, dilemmas, and fears that confront Kurosawa's brave samurai--even his name sounds like that of a warrior. Mifune is as great here as he ever has been. (In Japanese; English subtitles.)

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