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The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)

Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (original title)
Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

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Yûsaku Shima
Chieko Baishô ...
Mitsue Shima
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Akemi Ogawa
Tetsuya Takeda ...
Kin'ya Hanada
Hisao Dazai ...
Ryokan Manager
Makoto Akatsuka ...
Chinpira
Mari Okamoto ...
Ramen Shop Girl
Sakae Umezu
Chieko Misaki
Kazuhiko Kasai
Saburô Satoki
Yasujirô Ono
Sabu Kawahara ...
(as Hiromasa Kawahara)
Tako Hachirô
Kôei Yamamoto
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Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

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To prepare for the scene in which his character Yusaka eats his first meal after serving his sentence, the actor Ken Takakura reputedly didn't eat for two days. See more »

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Remade as The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) See more »

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A popular modern classic
25 March 2000 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

You could describe it as a gritty, "thinking man's Tora-san" (in fact it shares a script-writer and some of the same cast as the early Tora-san films). Funny in many places but not a comedy; more like a slice-of-reality, on-the-road film in which three strangers are thrown together and romantic love triumphs in the end. Not an art film by any means, but great in its own way.


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