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2 hits 0.6 (101 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 55 years ago by tsurumi

Red Beard (Akahige)

Release Date: Wednesday, January 19 1966
Stars: Toshiro Mifune , Yuzo Kayama , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Reiko Dan , Miyuki Kawano
Genre(s): Drama, Historical, Epic

"Red Beard (Akahige)" story, characters and photos © Toho International Company (U.S.)


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17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/27/03 - 4:53:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Set in the era before Japan opened to the world, Mifune plays the head doctor of a clinic that serves the poor. He is tough and uncompromsing in his approach to medicine and dealing with those in power. Those who fear and respect him call him 'Red Beard.'

The movie deftly intertwines the stories of the lives of various doctors, nurses, patients, and those living in the shadows of the clinic, townsmen, merchants, prostitutes, and gangsters. "Red Beard" provides a look at what life must have been like in early 19th century Japan.

Definitely recommended.

17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/03 - 1:52:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Must check this out.
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 11/5/03 - 5:03:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Excellent movie, although one with no linear or clear point, like Tsu said, it's mostly an intertwining of different stories.


It is a very good film, with some very powerful scenes.
Probably the best part was when Red Beard and Po went and tried to rescue Ting, and the men tried to fight Red Beard, wow.


It is odd though, throughout the movie Red Beard is a very nice and compassionate man, so it makes no sense why he's described as mean and extremist.


I definately recomend it.

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/14/05 - 12:54:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kaneda....what did you think?

Yes it had no clear point...but does life? Kurosawa did a good job of showing the lives of the poor in and around a medical clinic in early 19th century Japan. I don't know that he was trying to make a point, but to show the lives of the doctors who dedicated their lives to the poor. A beautiful film.

14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/19/07 - 3:52:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
this was so lovely. kurosawa is god.
3 months ago - Tuesday 4/13/21 - 1:02:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
For some reason, this film is never discussed when Kurosawa's film's are brought up



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