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Red Beard

Akira Kurosawa

 
Red Beard (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 185 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #159

A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion.

Cast

Kyojio Niide (Akahige)Toshiro Mifune
Noboru Yasumoto Yuzo Kayama
Handayu Mori Yoshio Tsuchiya
Genzo TsugawaTatsuyoshi Ehara
OsugiReiko Dan
OnakaMiyuki Kuwano
The mantisKyoko Kagawa
RokusukeKamatari Fujiwara
OkuniAkemi Negishi
SahachiTsutomu Yamazaki
GoheijiEijiro Tono
Tokubei IzumiyaTakashi Shimura
Noboru’s fatherChishu Ryu
Noboru’s motherKinuyo Tanaka

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa film scholar Stephen Prince
  • Notes by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Red Beard

By Donald Richie November 19, 1989

After finishing High and Low (1963), director Akira Kurosawa recalls, “I started looking around for something else to do and quite by accident picked up [the novel] Red Beard by Shugoro . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Red Beard

By Donald Richie November 19, 1989

After finishing High and Low (1963), director Akira Kurosawa recalls, “I started looking around for something else to do and quite by accident picked up [the novel] Red Beard by Shugoro . . . Read more »

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