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Red Beard

Spine #159

Jul 16, 2002

Number of Discs: 1

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround
  • English subtitles

Red Beard

Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Reiko Dan, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyoko Kagawa, Kamatari Fujiwara, Akemi Negishi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Eijiro Tono, Takashi Shimura, Terumi Niki, Haruko Sugimura, Yoko Naito, Ken Mitsuda, Kinuyo Tanaka, Chishu Ryu, Yoshitaka Zushi
Licensor: Toho Co.

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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.

  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa film scholar Stephen Prince
  • Notes by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • Original theatrical trailer


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