Akahige (Red Beard)
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In 1820, young Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama) completes his medical education in Nagasaki and returns to his native Edo hoping both to marry the daughter of a wealthy man and to achieve affluence himself through his medical practice. He happens to visit the famed Koishikawa clinic for the indigent, which is run by the autocratic Dr. Kyojo Niide (Toshiro Mifune), better known as Red Beard. To his intense displeasure, he soon finds himself assigned to the clinic for his internship. At first, the young intern is arrogant and rebellious, intent on displaying his knowledge of medical innovations and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard is assembled with the complexity and depth of a good l9th-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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Something for everyone. A masterpiece, and with Kurosawa that's really saying something."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A moving illustration that hope and generosity, even in small amounts, will always persevere and make a difference."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A mature work that merits the term most apply to it: Dostoyevskian."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The final collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune is one of Kurosawa's most ambitious, personal, and heartfelt films."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Many directors still have never created one film equal to Red Beard, which only pales when compared to Kurosawa's greatest films"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A banal, discursive and overlong Dr. Kildare-like soap opera, that's no better than General Hospital."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"What saves the Criterion DVD is the commentary by film historian Stephen Prince"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A major miss... a protracted retelling of General Hospital in 19th century Japan."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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