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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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While talking about his times with his wife, the ex-con Yusaka mentions that he hopes to put Koi-nobori carp flags up the pole beside their house. These traditional Japanese flags are flown in early May to celebrate the health of children. Yusaka notices them flying when they stop to listen to some people performing music. See more »

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Remade as The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) See more »

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The Yellow Handkerchief of Hope
8 April 2006 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

I watched the movie, and the plot is similar to the song. However, the "ribbons" were replaced with "handkerchiefs". A post was used in lieu of an oak tree.

Away from these similarities, I found the movie entertaining. The movie is a ballad of hope and friendship.

The ensemble performance is a perfect mix. Ken Takakura's stoicism versus Tetsuya Takeda's humor is balanced by Kaori Momoi's character.

The movie offers a lot of symbolisms. Their journey is same to life. The destination is uncertain. There might be ups and downs (vividly depicted by the good cinematography showing the different places in Hokkaido).

The handkerchief is a metaphor of a person's aspirations. There may be hindrances that discourage him or her to pursue it. Thankfully, there are friends and loved ones who cheer us up to go on.

A yellow handkerchief is a clear sunny day we are looking forward to every time we wake up. A movie like this deserved the recognition bestowed upon it.


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