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FILM: Akira Kurosawa’s Top 21 Art Films + “Red Beard”

Above is a reblog from Open Culture. But we wanted to make a recommendation for one of our favorite directors. If you haven’t witnessed the majesty of Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 “Red Beard,” I implore you, beg you, to schedule an entire day to view and reflect. A three-hour masterpiece.  

Toshiro Mifune as "Red Beard" in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece

Toshiro Mifune as “Red Beard” in Akira Kurosawa’s heart-wrenching masterpiece.

Here’s a (a shortened) short synopsis

A tribute to Akira Kurosawa and his masterpiece "Red Beard."

Poster for Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 “Red Beard”

“Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto (Yûzô Kayama) is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard (Toshirô Mifune). Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but Red Beard proves a wise and patient teacher.”

“Told in the world of early 19th century Japan, Akira Kurosawa’s “Red Beard” is a passionate humanist statement, almost the last he would make about an exemplary human being.” — Roger Ebert