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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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Red beard is truely a masterpiece. no any other movies had ever effected me that much! by this film, Kurosawa has shown that he is not only a great film director but also a superb psychologist. In "red beard" he analyses the very nature of human experience, suffering, in a unique way, which is emotionally overwhelming and intellectually puzzeling. While watching the film, i became so involved with the story and i felt that i was playing a part as an actor. The film is plain and humane, and proves that a doctor only can make a difference in his/her patient's life not only by his/her knowledge and expertise but also by compassion, empathy and dedication!
fantasticBy a customer from Hoddesdon , 18 Jun 2008This film hooks you from the begining and although at times you know where it's going you don't mind being lead.There is some great acting and the interplay between the characters is both subtle and compelling.The film is very different from others by the director and is all the better for it.It highlights beautifully the strain of peasant life in rural Japan.I am not given to upwellings of emotion but at times tears were forming.The bonding of the characters in the small clinc and the patience and love they show one another is humbling.A long film that has instantly become one of my favourites enjoy
Behold the MasterBy russio (158 reviews) from Harlow , 25 May 2008Kurosawa can make anything seem more watchable than other directors. His films revel in their length and in taking their time spinning their stories, yet remain compelling. Add to this the lingering effects of Japanese Noh theatre, which cant help overly with this endeavour, and it is clear that there is magic at work somewhere.
Red Beard (ironically shot in black and white) fulfils the template set. A medical drama that is more to do with the apprentice learning from the master, with notions of duty and propriety and with caring for the people. Perhaps it is the universality of these themes, and the uniquely stern performances from Toshiro Mifune in his films that connect with western audiences.
The film is at its most potent when it connects with the heart and Mifune towers over the whole affair as a masculine presence par excellence, his wisdom, for me, recalling Sancho Panzas extraordinary reign in Don Quixote.
It is only when placed next to Rashomon, Ran or The Seven Samurai that it feels like Kurosawa is in his second gear, even if that would best the first gear of most directors. This is why I have deducted a mark rather cruelly I know.
Red Beard (1965)By a customer from London, England , 30 Apr 2008BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY, SHADOW AND LIGHT ARE PERFECTLY BALANCE, A GREAT STORY. A MUST IF YOU LIKE CLASSIC MOVIES, AND jAPANESE TRADITIONS.
Very long and beautiful filmBy Clicknick (30 reviews) from Henley-on-Thames , 20 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a very long film, therefore not to be taken lightly, but you are in for a real treat. A young doctor arrives at a local clinic and what follows can be classed as chronicles of humanity. The storytelling and acting are superb, especially Terumi Niki who plays the girl Otoyo in the latter part of the film.
Kurosawa was an artist before he turned to film making, which shows itself in the way that the shots are set up. He has used the widescreen to great effect with the placing of the actors and props, and the lighting to make each shot a pictorial delight.
Perfect for a wet Sunday afternoon, well perfect for anytime really.
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