‘Red Beard’, the last Kurosawa-Mifune collaboration, is a film for these times, because it’s about healing and hope

Posted on April 3, 2020


When Kurosawa asked Márquez if he had seen ‘Red Beard’, the writer replied, “I have seen it six times in 20 years and I talked about it to my children almost every day until they were able to see it…”

Could there be a better time to talk about Red Beard? It was the great Toshiru Mifune’s 100th birthday this week. A couple of weeks earlier, it was the great Akira Kurosawa’s 110th birthday. The film itself celebrates its 55th birthday this week. But forget these anniversaries, or even the cinematic milestone that this 1965 production was the last film this actor and director made together. It’s the subject that’s so vital now. Red Beard is ostensibly the story of two doctors: Dr. Niide aka “Red Beard” (a magnificent Mifune) and the much-younger as Dr. Yasumoto (Yūzō Kayama). But it’s really a story about healing: physical healing, emotional healing, social healing.

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