Red Beard details
|Starring:||Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Oct 2003|
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classic storytellingBy Saty from Reading , 19 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A story of a young doctor realizing that there is more to life than position and money. Very melodramatic in parts in but laced with warmth and humour. Exceptional acting all round with long takes that todays films daren't do as it would show up the lack of talent of the 'stars'. Much better than the US remake Doc Hollywood : )
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CLASSIC CINEMABy a customer from Hexham , 05 Jun 2010Slow and gentle with a gradual development of characters and minimum of gratuitous violence. Just how I like all my films!
Clinical delivery from the best of AsiaBy likealeper (10 reviews) from Consett, , 05 Dec 2009This touching drama is the last of the Kurosawa-Mifune collaborations with the actor taking up the title role of Red Beard. Yasumoto is a young doctor who turns up to the clinic ran by Red Beard, a strict doctor who strives to help the sick and the poor. Yasumoto unexpectedly finds himself tied into working at the clinic and soon becomes resentful towards Red Beard. Many dramas unfold to open the eyes of the priveledged Yasumoto to the horrific conditions and difficulties of the less fortunate.
This is one of my favourite films by the master of Asian cinema. The camera work and mis en scene of Red Beard really is captivating. From the wonderful Japanese scenery, to the breath taking action sequence and the simple interior of the humble clinic, Red Beard has charm with overabundance. Even though this film is an example of a director in his prime, Red Bear would clearly not have the same effect if not for the brilliant acting. This is a must see for any fan of world cinema.
Red BeardBy a customer from Falkirk , 10 May 2009Another example of what makes Kurosawa great - beautifully textured black and white which brings timeless Japan to life, thoroughly intelligent acting and a plot line which kidnaps some American motif (in this case US 'doctor' movies/tv in particular I fancy Dr Kildare) and coverts it somehow into some thing more - and indeed better! Whether it is er drama or the western, Kurosawa uses the medium to say something more and to confront issues which limp wristed Hollywood of the time dared not tackle. A masterpiece.
magnificentBy naph (2 reviews) from London , 24 Apr 2009brilliant how to see the society and feel the poor people and how not to judge people on the spot
Honourable ExtremistBy a customer from Helmsley, North Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain , 20 Aug 2008Be prepared, nearly three hours long and Kurosawa needs the time and space to work things through. As so often, you see the story more true and clear in black and white than you ever could in colour, where you have to look through a distracting glass unless the scenery is set the at heart of the film as Kurosawa has set it so well in, for instance, Ran. In Red Beard the scenes with rain and snow as background probably work best with the clarity of black and white. We have an intense plot, with some convolutions, and it deserves attention. At the same time, even at this length, it is somewhat diagrammatic can you really credit the mechanics of Mifunes bone breaking scene? - or quite believe in the little girl Otokos recovering from abuse and maladjustment so quickly? You may put down the need for both that simplicity of diagramming and for the directness of black and white to the fact that Kurosawa has a lot to say, with his deep feelings of compassion mixed with his penchant for real violence. He is something of an extremist. The sharp sketching is necessary. [If you want gut wrenching and tear jerking, who needs horror films while we have Kurosawa?] This is a very good film, excellently set and filmed, excellently played: perhaps a great film. Sometimes I find it hard to be strong enough for great films!
Some of the way through, it struck me suddenly that Red Beard would translate well into animé there is some cultural resonance there! Well branched it may be, but the plot has an impressive starkness