Red Beard

Red Beard
  • 1965
  • Japan
  • 3h 5min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  • Written by: Masato Ide, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni
  • Cast: Toshirō Mifune, Yūzō Kayama
  • Language: Japanese

19th century Japan, and ageing doctor Mifune instils into his young and ambitious new intern Kayama the rewards of working in the poorer sections of the community. Kurosawa's overlong and discursive medical drama sometimes lapses into sentimentality, but the period recreation and Mifune's towering central performance impress nevertheless.

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