Red Beard - Akahige (1968)
IMDb Rating 8.0
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Toshirô Mifune Dr. Kyojio Niide, 'Akahige' ['Red Beard']
Yuzo Kayama Dr. Noboru Yasumoto
Tsutomu Yamazaki Sahachi
Reiko Dan Osugi
Miyuki Kuwano Onaka
Kyôko Kagawa Madwoman
Tatsuyoshi Ehara Genzo Tsugawa (as Tatsuya Ebara)
Terumi Niki Otoyo
Akemi Negishi Okuni, the mistress
Yoshio Tsuchiya Dr. Handayu Mori
Toshiro Mifune
Featuring the final collaboration between esteemed director Akira Kurosawa (Kagemusha, The Seven Samurai) and actor Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo, Hell in the Pacific), this 1965 film explores the complex and tumultuous relationship between a doctor and his protégé, and the meaning of compassion and responsibility. Mifune plays the title character, a revered but stern and unbendable physician ministering to the poor in a clinic, driven by a sense of calling to the profession of medicine and to mankind. He is assigned a young brash intern whose rebellious and arrogant attitude threaten to disrupt the hospital and destroy his burgeoning career. Under the intense tutelage of the relentlessly stern doctor, however, the young doctor in training goes from a spoiled wunderkind insulted at having to work at a clinic he thinks is beneath him, to one who appreciates the compassionate nature of a doctor's calling. A long, intimate, and engrossing film, it displays some of Mifune's finest work as a man whose profound sense of higher purpose touches all around him. An earnest exploration of duty and honor, Red Beard is an unlikely but worthy addition to the enduring legacy of Akira Kurosawa. --Robert Lane
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Foreign
Director Akira Kurosawa
Writer Masato Ide; Ryuzo Kikushima
Studio Criterion
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 185 mins
Movie Release Date 12/19/1968
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 667
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 9/1/2005
Product Details
Edition Criterion Collection
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 037429168820
Chapters 39
Release Date 7/16/2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks JAPANESE: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White Widescreen
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