Was not really enjoyed at all. Having liked High and Low so much, I'd perhaps expected this one to be interesting as well.
A doctor is packed off to a remote hospital full of poor people, run by the enigmatic "Red Beard". His initial rebellion against the rules and his situation is gradually turned to acceptance and eventual respect, as he gets to see all manner of life's cruelties. The stories of the patients form many of the sub plots, if they're anything to go by, I'd say our sexual instincts are the cause of all of human kinds miseries. Much character development happens, although it seemed a rather haphazard growth in all directions.
But I can't say I saw where, if anywhere, the movie was going in 2 hours ( and it didn't help that there was no fan or AC, and it was sweltering hot - a fact that might or might not have a bearing on my response to the movie). However at the end of the 2 hours, when I'd thought that all the sub plots had been fixed, and the momentous realisations made, and I thought the movie was finally closing, I was a little dumb founded to see the word intermission appear.
Apparently its a 4 hour movie. I say apparently, since I could only watch upto the intermission, at which point both my patience and my sweat ran out. Perhaps its meant for a really lazy afternoon, when you have infinite time, patience, and hopefully electricity. I'll leave that for someone else to judge.
And much commiseration with the fellow sufferer A. Note to self - in future check the movie length before venturing into the unknown!