Tangental: Barbarossa is just the Italian word for "red beard".

Even when playing a doctor with an incredibly progressive view of medicine and humanity, Toshiro Mifune in an Akira Kurosawa film is obligated to kick some butts. He kicks a number of them in Red Beard -- their final collaboration -- and it barely even seems out of place. Working from Shugoro Yamamoto's short story collection Akahige shinryƍtan (and a subplot imported from Fyodor Dostoevsky's Humiliated and Insulted) Red Beard explores themes of social justice that wouldn't be out of place in a Victor Hugo novel either. Which means it's been centuries and we still need to hear this message. Go humans!