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    Unique ID Code: 0000039814
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    Added on: 23/9/2002 02:18
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    Red Beard (US)

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    "Strong, brooding and exquisitely restrained." -The New York Times
    Certificate: none
    Running Time: 185 mins
    Retail Price: $39.95
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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 passionate 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.

    Special Features:
    Audio Commentary by Kurosawa Film Scholar Stephen Prince
    Notes by Japanese-Film Historian Donald Richie
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Japanese

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    Directed By:
    Akira Kurosawa

    Written By:

    Tatsuyoshi Ehara
    Yuzo Kayama
    Reiko Dan
    Yoshio Tsuchiya
    Toshirô Mifune

    Soundtrack By:
    Masaru Satô

    Director of Photography:
    Takao Saitô
    Asakazu Nakai

    Production Designer:
    Yoshirô Muraki

    Tomoyuki Tanaka
    Ryuzo Kikushima


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    9 / 10
    Akira Kurosawa is one of my favourite director`s he`s just phenomenal, he was directing action films before the phrase was coined. `Red Beard` here, released by Crierion is one of his lesser known films, but it`s still superb. A film about the sacrifice of those working in the profession of Medicine pre-20th century. Few Director draw you into action than Kurosawa. Keep up the good work Criterion...
    posted by Richard73 on 1/12/2003 19:56