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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
Kuninori Kôdô
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Matsugoro is a poor rickshaw driver whose animated spirit and optimistic demeanor make him a favorite of the town. Matsu helps an injured boy, Toshio, and is hired by the boy's parents, Kotaro and Yoshioko, to transport the boy to and from doctor appointments. Matsu comes to love the boy and his parents. When Toshio's father dies, Matsu becomes a surrogate father, helping to raise the boy and secretly falling in love with Toshio's mother Yoshioko. But Matsu knows there is a great gulf between their classes and there seems no hope that Matsu can ever be more than the rickshaw man to the mother and son. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A soap opera but an amazing one filled with great acting.
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the other comments, this movie should be available on DVD or VHS. I remember seeing it 40 years ago and its brilliance stands out in my mind as if I saw it yesterday.

Toshiro Mifune plays against type. No samurai warrior he, but a humble Rickshaw man secretly in love with an upper class woman. He shepherds her son throughout the years and the woman, while almost recognizing the Rickshaw Man has helped make her son a man, never comprehends the love Mifune has for her.

A classic woman's film that caused this man to cry. And the fact that it stars Mifune and is directed by a macho director who likes to do period Samurai movies is amazing. Two macho stars making one of the great soaps of all time. And I mean that in the best of ways.


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