Original title: Aka Hige

Directors: Kurosawa, Akira

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama

Japan 1965 | Black & white | 185 mins | Drama

Avaliable on: 35mm, DVD

Toshiro Mifune stars in this ‘intimate epic’ as a doctor in a nineteenth-century rural hospital that is in desperate need of modernisation. An ambitious young intern, to his horror, finds himself posted to this backwater and is tutored by Mifune to appreciate that care for the poor is more important than a society practice.