Red Beard (1965)

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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

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  • Akira Kurosawa in Red Beard (1965)
  • Toshirô Mifune in Red Beard (1965)
  • Toshirô Mifune in Red Beard (1965)
  • Akira Kurosawa and Toshirô Mifune in Red Beard (1965)
  • Toshirô Mifune in Red Beard (1965)
  • Toshirô Mifune and Yûzô Kayama in Red Beard (1965)

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30 October 2005 | desh79
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| The end of an era
Red Beard marked the end of an era for Kurosawa. It was the last of his period costume dramas (excluding Ran and Kagemusha, though these were more of a glorious revisit to his 'old' style anyhow), the last film he shot in black and white, and the last film he ever made with Toshiru Mifune, thus ending what is, to me at least, the finest director-actor pairing in the history of cinema. Perhaps it is for these reasons that I look on this film with so much fondness, and it remains one of my favourite Kurosawa films (alongside Ran and Rashomon). That aside, it is also filled with warmth and sincerity, but then that's to be expected from the man I consider to be the greatest director of all time. Highly recommended.

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