A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director (Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa).
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So fitting that this Masterpiece is the final collaboration from the greatest Director/Actor team in film history.
It will touch anyone and,like Dr Yasumoto,will make you a better person.
Long,at 185 minutes,but every scene is involving.Simply put ---a film about humanity and compassion.
All his movies are good but this one is a masterpiece. To me tied with Seven Samurai and High and Low. He is one of the few directors who are not afraid to wear their heart on their sleves. Unashamed of his belief in the power of kindness and it's presence in human nature. I always am shocked by the darkness in the film, how totured some lives are. The combination of a realist and an idealist.
I never hear people to talk about this and ran into it at the library and was SHOCKED at how amazing it was. I still don't know why people don't put this on those silly lists of the best-of thisorthat.
I didn't think I would consider this one in the same regard as his better known films but my God, is this a fantastic film! The highlight of my Kurosawa marathon so far. It is so touching and so conservatively epic, so humanist, loved it!
This may be the first time I fully accepted this kind of melodrama under Kurosawa's terms. The movie may not have a visible plot, but it counts with unforgettable characters and their stories, and the tough questions some of them ask and the others need to answer.