Last Men Standing

Doctor's dilemma: Mifune in Red Beard
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Doctor's dilemma: Mifune in Red Beard


Kurosawa & Mifune
July 26 through September 12 at Film Forum

Mifune—and perhaps Kurosawa—would never reach such heights again. With slight exceptions, the actor's career would run on fumes, sinking to the ignominy of playing Lou Diamond Phillips's Eskimo father; his once proud form would succumb to Alzheimer's and other medical problems. Red Beard is a last stand, with Mifune's doctor-hero an argument for compassion, fallible but unstoppable, and radiating something like pure charisma.

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