Red Beard

Red Beard

Red Beard

A young intern at a clinic learns life lessons from a man who believes in personal sacrifice for the common good. Kurosawa/Mifune classic.

"During the two-year production of this film – filming took longer than any Japanese film up to that time, including Seven Samurai – Kurosawa announced that he "wanted to push the confines of movie-making to their limits." How he attempts this makes Red Beard one of his most challenging films. It's the story of a young man (Yûzô Kayama) who becomes intern to the veteran doctor known as Red Beard (Toshirô Mifune) who runs a public clinic. It's the doctor’s view that personal sacrifice for the common good is what makes a man's life worthwhile; that only by complete dedication to the poor and needy can a doctor find fulfilment." (David Stratton, Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the OCIC Award (Kurosawa), the San Giorgio Prize (Kurosawa) and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor (Mifune), 1965 Venice Film Festival
1965Rating: M, Violence & horror185 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaClassic

Reviews & comments

Time Out

Time Out

press

...the film bowls along magnificently in a weird mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity and poetic fantasy.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard is assembled with the complexity and depth of a good 19th-century novel, and it is a pleasure, in a time of stylishly fragmented films, to watch a director taking the time to fully develop his characters.

Time Out

Time Out

press

...the film bowls along magnificently in a weird mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity and poetic fantasy.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard is assembled with the complexity and depth of a good 19th-century novel, and it is a pleasure, in a time of stylishly fragmented films, to watch a director taking the time to fully develop his characters.

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