When Akira Kurosawa conceptualized Red Beard, he did not realize he was creating one of the greatest Japanese role models. This film shows just why Kurosawa is considered amongst the greatest.
The Hyderabad Film Club, as part of the ongoing retrospective on Japanese Director Akira Kurosawa from 14th to 18th October, is screening Red Beard, on 14th October, at the Sarathi Studios.
In 1820, young Noboru Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama) completes his medical education in Nagasaki and returns to his native Edo, hoping both to marry the daughter of a wealthy man, and to achieve affluence himself through his medical practice.
He happens to visit the famed Koishikawa clinic for the indigent, which is run by the autocratic Dr Kyojo Niide (Toshiro Mifune), better known as Red Beard. To his intense displeasure, he soon finds himself assigned to the clinic for his internship.
At first, the young intern is arrogant and rebellious, intent on displaying his knowledge of medical innovations and contemptuous of the older doctor for spending his life among the poor. But as time passes, he gains an intimate knowledge of the kind of suffering that is endemic to the impoverished, and, at length, becomes an acolyte of this seemingly dictatorial physician, who heals his patients with gentleness and humility as much as with his medical skill.
With Akira Kurosawa’s death in 1998, the world lost one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Kurosawa was acclaimed as an original and great filmmaker during his lifetime, nationally and internationally. His films received a number of prestigious awards at home and abroad. He had directed 30 feature films.
He deliberately abandoned Shakespeare’s superb language, his colorful metaphors and similes, his wonderful rhetoric. To suit his script and imperatives of his film, he successfully transformed a great Shakespearean play into a Kurosawa motion picture.
The most important thing is that his characters speak only when they must, only when they cannot communicate by gesture or other ways. And when they speak, their language is terse, clipped and brutally functional.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.