Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two Line Reviews - #383

Movie: Akahige (or) Red Beard (Japanese,1965)

Plot: A doctor is forced to join the clinic of another chief doc who happens to be as arrogant and straightforward as he is talented. The film traces how, through saving patients, the new doctor learns to respect his mentor to such an extent that he wishes to emulate him sacrificing his worldly pleasures.

What Works?
  • Another Akira Kurosawa-Toshiro Mifune combine! Not the best of the lot but certainly one worth a watch!
  • There is something that connects AK and medicine. Here, he pays tribute to the service that doctors offer to the downtrodden in a special way.
  • The stories of the lonely woman, the betrayed soft man, the insulted lady etc. succeed in delivering the emotions!
What Doesn't?
The length of the film is a probable deterrent. There are not many branches in the story resulting in a few 'yawn' moments.

Not Magical, but watch-worthy for sure.