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Akira Kurosawa's 1965 film stars Yuzo Kayama as an impetuous young doctor coming into conflict with his aging superior in an impoverished clinic in early 19th-century Japan. As the older doctor, Toshiro Mifune is superb; and though the film has been criticized for its excessive sentimentality by some, it's a masterful evocation of period and a probing study of the conflict between responsibility and idealism. A mature work that merits the term most apply to it: Dostoyevskian. In Japanese with subtitles.



  • Akira Kurosawa


  • ToshirĂ´ Mifune
  • Yuzo Kayama
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • Reiko Dan
  • Kyoko Kagawa
  • Terumi Niki


  • Masato Ide
  • Ryuzo Kikushima
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hideo Oguni


  • Ryuzo Kikushima
  • Tomoyuki Tanaka

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