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The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)
"Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 April 1978 (USA)
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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 ...
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Tako Hachirô
Kôei Yamamoto
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Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

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Won the first-ever Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture, in 1978. See more »

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Very Good Road Film
6 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film about three people who are very lonely for different reasons and find themselves all on the way to Hokkaido. What seemed like a very odd trio and a very odd premise became a wonderful film about hope, forgiveness and belonging. Extra points are given for the film being set in Hokkaido and not Tokyo, it gives the film much mire meaning and authenticity. Actually, Hokkaido itself is a co-star of this film, as you see it rolling along out the car window. The acting is superb and the film is a major crowd pleaser. Director Yamada Yoji's films are kind of hit and miss to me (I've only seen a few Tora-san films) but this one really kept me interested and, along the way, I cared about each character more. Watch this, its a feel good film about life.


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