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Red Beard(赤ひげ)

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Japan · 1965
3h 5m
Director Akira Kurosawa
Starring Toshirō Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan
Genre Drama

Aspiring to be a personal physician to a wealthy family, Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. He introduces Yasumoto to the unglamorous side of the profession, ultimately assigning him to care for a prostitute rescued from a local brothel.

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The New York Times by

Red Beard is well meant and well made, no question about it. But it unfolds familiarly and, at 185 minutes, practically forever.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

As an elegy to a perfect fusion of directorial mastery and an actor’s indomitable screen presence, it’s hard to imagine something more memorable and affecting than Red Beard.


The New Yorker by Michael Sragow

In Kurosawa’s dynamic yet intimate wide-screen filmmaking, practicality and empathy merge with psychoanalysis and even bits of magic; the young doctor’s near-fatal close encounter with a female serial killer, and a virtuous man’s deathbed confession of a horrifying marital tragedy, are among the sequences building to a genuinely inspirational conclusion.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

I believe this film should be seen by every medical student. Like Kurosawa's masterpiece, "Ikiru" (1952), it fearlessly regards the meanings of life, and death.

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