Set in feudal times, novice physician, Yuzo Kayama, is sent to a poor infirmary expecting just to visit, but is infuriated to learn he must stay. He tries to provoke his termination, but is foiled by head doctor "Red Beard" (Toshiro Mifune), a man whose methods are as caring as they are unpredictable.
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|Toshirô Mifune||Dr. Kyojio Niide|
|Yûzô Kayama||Dr. Noboru Yasumoto|
|Takashi Shimura||Tokubei Izumiya|
|Kyôko Kagawa||The Mantis|
|Tatsuyoshi Ehara||Genzô Tsugawa|
|Akemi Negishi||Okuni, the mistress|
|Yoshio Tsuchiya||Dr. Handayû Mori|
|Chishû Ryû||Mr. Yasumoto|
|Haruko Sugimura||Kin, the madam|