Directed by Akira Kurosawa
An offbeat, virtually
unaccountable work from the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, mixing the stylizes soap and
the action flick, concerns the legendary doctor called Red Beard who attempts to influence
his disciples to turn away from private practice to use their skills on the poor and sick.
"The film bowls along magnificently in a weird mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity
and poetic fantasy" (Time Out). With Toshiro Mifune as Dr. Gillespie, Yuzo
Kayama, Yoshio Tsuchiya.