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The Rickshaw Man (1958)
"Muhomatsu no issho" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 May 1960 (USA)
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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
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Yoshiko's brother
Ichirô Arishima ...
Medicine peddler
Chieko Nakakita ...
Yoshiko's sister-in-law
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Fencing master
Bokuzen Hidari
Kokuten Kôdô ...
(as Kuninori 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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18 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, you could never go wrong with a pairing of Toshiro Mifune and Hideko Takamine, two of the greatest actors that have ever been in film. Second, this tale of a rickshaw man known at the "Wild Matsu" who helps a young boy named Toshio and becomes a part of his growing up is told vividly through numerous scenes over time. Ms. Takamine plays Yoshiko, who was widowed soon after she met Matsu, and her performance is understated but essential to the film. Mr. Mifune, who is best remembered for works with the great Kurosawa, stretches his acting muscles greatly here, showing some vulnerability in a challenging role. There are so many films to recommend with Ms. Takamine and Mr. Mifune that are alternately entertaining and heartbreaking. This has both those elements and its a treasure of Japanese cinema.


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