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Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard

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Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard

One of Kurosawa’s most accomplished films, Red Beard was his final picture with Toshiro Mifune and a moving swan song for one of the most iconic auteur/actor teams in cinema history. Its protracted production process frustrated Mifune, who couldn’t take any other work during the entire two-year shoot (because of the titular beard he had to grow). A whole 19th century rural village was constructed from historically accurate wood, only to be demolished for the film’s devastatingly naturalistic earthquake sequence. This is low-key Kurosawa, the warrior-director at his most introspective, presenting an existentialist masterpiece about the human condition. Fans of Ikiru, I Live In Fear or Stray Dog will not be disappointed.

“Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard is assembled with the complexity and depth of a good l9th-century novel, and it is a pleasure, in a time of stylishly fragmented films, to watch a director taking the time to fully develop his characters. 4 Stars.” – Roger Ebert

“A masterpiece. Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel.” – Michael Sragow, The New Yorker

Mark Ayala discusses Red Beard on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Akira Kurosawa
Starring
Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomo Yamazaki, Reiko Dan
Year
1965
Country
Japan
Format
35mm
Running Time
185 minutes

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