Redbeard

by Akira KUROSAWA, Japan, 1965
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Young Dr. Yasumoto returns to Edo following three years of medical training in Nagasaki. Believing he will become a physician to Shogunate, he is badly disillusioned to learn he must work in the poorly-financed Koishikawa Clinic, which is headed by a Dr. Niide, known to most as Red Beard. Everything in the clinic is repulsive to Yasumoto, and he becomes determined to get himself discharged: He drinks, refuses to wear medical attire; breaks every rule he can think of, in fact, including venturing to a prison-like room, forbidden to all but Red Beard himself, to observe a lovely mental patient, whom he believes normal. Red Beard was not only correct I his diagnosis of the girl’s insanity; he also saves Yasumoto’s life when she tries to kill him. Gradually, despite his total discontentment, young Yasumoto is brought to realize the greatness of the man called Red Beard, a devoted doctor who examines his patients’ hearts as well as their bodies. The young doctor learns to understand this man who, among other things, adheres to a policy of being charitable to the poor, tough with the rich. At a brothel Red Beard saves a twelve year old girl and places her in Yasumoto’s care. The young doctor is alarmed at the girl’s bitterness brought about by the atmosphere in which she was raised. But he works a gradual change in her, which is rewarded by the girls nursing Yasumoto, when he, in return, falls ill. Yasumoto has harbored bitterness as a result of his fiancee marrying another while he was studying in Nagasaki. But taught tolerance and understanding by Red Beard, he forgives her and instead marries her sister. And instead of becoming a physician for the Shogunate, Dr. Yasumoto resolves to devote his life to working in the clinic he had once loathed.

Festivals & awards

Blue Ribbon Awards 1965
Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Nomination Golden Globe, Best Foreign Film
Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Director, Best Film
Mainichi Concours, Best Film
Venice Film Festival, OCIC Award
Copa Volpi, Toshiro Mifune, Best Actor

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Credits

Original Title
Akahige - Redbeard
Title
Redbeard
Directed by
Akira KUROSAWA
Country
Japan
Year
1965
Screenplay
Masato Ide, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Sh
Soundtrack
Masaru SatĂ´
Cinematography
Asakazu Nakai, Takao SaitĂ´
Sound
IchirĂ´ Minawa
Costumes
Yoshiko Samejima
Production Design
YoshirĂ´ Muraki
Production
Toho, Tokyo
Formats
35mm, Blu-ray, DCP
Runtime
185 min.
Language
Japanisch/d/f
Cast
Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Terumi Niki, Akemi Negishi, Yoshitaka Zushi

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