In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, Dr. Niide, takes a young intern under his guidance through the course of a number of difficult cases.Written by
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The clinic was built based on the modeling of the Koishikawa Nursing Home, which was built in 1722. Original blueprints for the structure were uncovered and used, as well. See more »
Niide's uniform is drenched when he arrives at Sahachi's house, but is completely dry when he goes to leave a short time later. See more »
[Showing Yasumoto a waiting room filled with sick people]
The waiting room for outpatients. They're treated for free in the afternoons...
[Giving a heavy sigh]
I don't know... All of them would be better off dead.
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The story is about a young doctor who thinks a posting at a public medical clinic is below his station. But the gruff Red Beard teaches him a thing or two. The film endeavors to heighten awareness of human suffering. The viewer identifies with the young doctor and learns with him about the evils of the world and the ever-surprising lengths Red Beard goes to to mitigate them.
There is ample humor, sparse dialogue, and excellent characterization. Cinematography and other finer features are somewhat pedestrian. Yet the film is touching and memorable. It is not melodramatic, cheap, or smarmy--it is one of the films whose appeal reaches other times and nations besides 1960s Japan.
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