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The Rickshaw Man (1958)

Muhomatsu no issho (original title)
A poor rickshaw driver finds himself taking care of a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.

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Matsugoro
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Yoshiko Yoshioka
Hiroshi Akutagawa ...
Capt. Kotaro Yoshioka
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Shigezo Yuki
Chôko Iida ...
Otora (innkeeper)
Haruo Tanaka ...
Kumakichi
Jun Tatara ...
Theatre employee
Kenji Kasahara ...
Toshio Yoshioka
Kaoru Matsumoto ...
Young Toshio
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Yoshiko's brother
Ichirô Arishima ...
Medicine peddler
Chieko Nakakita ...
Yoshiko's sister-in-law
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Fencing master
Bokuzen Hidari
Kokuten Kôdô
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In the turn of the Twentieth Century, the rickshaw driver Matsugoro "Matsu" is a happy man and a troublemaker well-known by everyone in his village. One day, Matsu sees an injured boy, Toshio, and brings him home. His mother Yoshiko Yoshioka asks Matsuo to take the boy to the doctor and then her husband Capt. Kotaro Yoshioka asks her to reward Matsu. However the rickshaw man refuses the money and becomes a friend of the family. When Kotaro unexpectedly dies, Matsuo helps Yoshiko to raise her son. Soon he falls in love with her, but he does not dare to open his heart to Yoshiko since they belong to different social classes. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Remake of Muhomatsu no issho (1943) See more »

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Great acting and story
23 March 2003 | by (Sandy Eggo, California) – See all my reviews

While filled with pathos, there is enough fun in this film to keep you on your toes. Set in Japan at the turn of the 20th century, it shows how a simple rickshaw man has to adjust to the modernization of his country. Menawhile, keeping his promise to a dead client, he cares for the wife and child of the dead naval officer. The hitch is that he loves the beautiful widow and child. Yet, is constrained by social boundries from ever expressing it to them.

Only Mifune could have turned in a performance such as this.

Just wish they'd remaster this rascal and offer it as a DVD.


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