Some Disabled Women in Kurosawa (1)


I haven’t yet watched even half of Kurosawa’s films, so this list is probably far from exhaustive. I’ll either update this post or write another if I find many more.


Content warning for antifeminism/ableism.


Redbeard (1965)


This film features one disabled woman and (arguably) one disabled girl, as well as swarms of physicians.


The woman is referred to as “the Mantis” by a minor character, one of the doctors, and, indeed...


The girl is a Dostoevsky borrowing (says the internet -- I haven’t read Humiliated and Insulted).


The arrogant young doctor in Redbeard has studied Dutch medicine.


Re: westernization/representations of medicine: you could compare Redbeard and Drunken Angel (1948).


The Bad Sleep Well (1960)


The young wife’s physical disability is very central to this film.


Also


Watching Toshiro Mifune's breadth is a source of delight.



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