kurosawas Red beard worth a blind buy?

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  1. Kristoffer

    Kristoffer Second Unit

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    OK I am thinking about picking this up.
    I got, Seven samurai ( My favorite film! )rashomon, yojimbo, sanjoru, the hidden fortress and Dreams.
    But I heard people say that this is one of Kurosawa's weakest films...
    And that it is boring and dull-
    Comments?
     
  2. Thomas T

    Thomas T Cinematographer

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    Red Beard is one of Kurosawa's very best films. A powerful film, one of his 4 of 5 best. Still, it is a cerebral film rather than an action film , a mental film rather than a visual film so if you're expecting another Seven Samurai or Yojimbo, you might want to pass on it.

    Boring and dull only to those who want sit back and have the film do all the work for them rather than investing thought, heart and intellect into the viewing experience.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

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    It's a wonderful, uplifting film, but very much a drama and decidedly not an action film.

    Stephen Prince's commentary on the Criterion DVD is one of the greatest ever recorded (same goes for his Straw Dogs effort) - guaranteed to have a revelatory effect on the way you watch the film.
     
  4. Jussi Tarvainen

    Jussi Tarvainen Second Unit

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    I concur, Red Beard is a terrific film. Mifune possesses almost frightening authority and incredible humanity simultaneously - a great performance.
     
  5. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    Thanks folks I forget about this one, so will order this at once

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  6. Sean Campbell

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    Any movie with Mifune in it is worth watching - any movie with Mifune in it and directed by Kurosawa is an ESSENTIAL watch [​IMG]
     
  7. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    Yep. If you've got those other ones, and even Dreams, then Red Beard is the next logical one to get.
     
  8. Steve Enemark

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    Plus Red Beard has one of the coolest fight scenes Mifune ever did. [​IMG]
     
  9. Steve_Ch

    Steve_Ch Supporting Actor

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    >>any movie with Mifune in it and directed by Kurosawa is an ESSENTIAL watch
     
  10. Derek Faber

    Derek Faber Stunt Coordinator

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    Must get this one.
     
  11. Ken Situ

    Ken Situ Stunt Coordinator

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    It's one of his best films. Very uplifting and emotional.
     
  12. Kristoffer

    Kristoffer Second Unit

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    I been thinking about High and Low as well, but I heard that the transfer is really bad, so I might wait for a re-master...
    Thanks, I guess might pick this up then!
    Also can't wait to get Throne of Blood ! ( My 2nd favorite Kurosawa! )
     
  13. ChuckDeLa

    ChuckDeLa Cinematographer

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    Red Beard is one of my favorite Kurosawas. Who is telling you that it's weak?
     
  14. Matt_P

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    Superb, introspective film. Arguably Kurosawa's most humanistic work. The Criterion DVD is top notch (as usual), with a great commentary by Stephen Prince.

    I would certainly recommend a purchase, simply because I love the film. It's hard for me to be impartial about Kurosawa....(as a side note, I finally got the new Ran disc...quite a difference from the original. It has a Prince commentary, as well!)
     
  15. Steve_Ch

    Steve_Ch Supporting Actor

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    >>I been thinking about High and Low as well, but I heard that the transfer is really bad, so I might wait for a re-master...
     
  16. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

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    I posed the same question a while back in another Kurasawa thread and bought it based on the good word of folks here (thanks guys!).

    It's a gorgeous film, one of my favorites.
     
  17. Dan Rudolph

    Dan Rudolph Producer

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    A good general rule is any Kurosawa is a good blind buy.
     
  18. Lars Vermundsberget

    Lars Vermundsberget Supporting Actor

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    I've got about 45 Criterions by now, and they're all among the most worthwhile collectibles I've bought during the last couple of years, but not a single Kurosawa title. Eventually, I'll have to do something about that...
     
  19. KevA

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    I've seen all of Kurosawa's work from "Stray Dog" forward and Red Beard is his greatest achievement in film, as far as I'm concerned.

    It is truly an amazing work of art.

    kfa
     
  20. Kevin M

    Kevin M Producer

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    Yes it is a very good moral film & I must say that Kurosawa's cathartic exorcising of the human violent instinct (also explored in Sanjiro and others) was much more measured and mature than Sam Peckinpah's many overtures to "the animal"....I also love his films nonetheless.
     

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