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Red Beard is a 1965 film directed by Akira Kurosawa, based on the short story collection Akahige shinryotan (赤ひげ診療譚) by Shūgorō Yamamoto (and a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky). It stars Toshiro Mifune as Dr. Kyojō Niide, nicknamed "Red Beard".

The film is set in the Edo (Tokyo) of the 19th century. The protagonist of the film is Dr. Noboru Yasumoto, recent graduate of the medical school at Nagasaki, and disappointed in love. He's even more disappointed when he learns that instead of the prestigious post with the shogunate he'd expected, Dr. Yasumoto is assigned to a public clinic that provides free care for the poor. At first, the arrogant young Yasumoto is determined to be as contrary as possible so that Red Beard will fire him.

Over the course of the story, Dr. Yasumoto learns from his experiences and Red Beard's gruff wisdom, becoming both a better doctor and a better human being.

Tropes used in Red Beard include:


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