Red Beard
Red Beard (1965)

Originally released in Japan as Akahige, Red Beard is, according to one chronicler of director Akira Kurosawa, "about humanity's struggle to modernize." Toshiro Mifune plays the head of a 19th-century Japanese public health… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Something for everyone. A masterpiece, and with Kurosawa that's really saying something.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

A moving illustration that hope and generosity, even in small amounts, will always persevere and make a difference.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A mature work that merits the term most apply to it: Dostoyevskian.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

The final collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune is one of Kurosawa's most ambitious, personal, and heartfelt films.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Many directors still have never created one film equal to Red Beard, which only pales when compared to Kurosawa's greatest films

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A banal, discursive and overlong Dr. Kildare-like soap opera, that's no better than General Hospital.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

What saves the Criterion DVD is the commentary by film historian Stephen Prince

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

A major miss... a protracted retelling of General Hospital in 19th century Japan.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Aditya Gokhale
Perhaps the most important reason "Red Beard" is remembered is because this was Akira Kurosawa's last film starring Toshiro Mifune before they… More
Randy Tippy
"The pain and loneliness of death frighten me. But Dr. Niide looks at it differently. He looks into their hearts as well as their bodies." Kurosawa… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Japanese movie, Japanese actors, Japanese sets and locations, so why does this film feel as if were shot on the Warner Brothers backlot? Yet it does AND like… More
xGary Xx
An ambitious and arrogant young intern finds himself in a rural clinic for the poor against his wishes, but soon finds there is more to life than wealth and… More
Devon Bott
Akira Kurosawa's three-hour masterpiece follows young doctor Noboru Yasumoto as he is sent to work at a public health facility. He had been trained… More
danny d
"hes a great doctor. no, hes a great man." that quote from this film really wraps it up. this movie is flawless, perfect in every way. easily… More