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The Rickshaw Man (1958)

Muhomatsu no issho (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matsugoro
... Yoshiko Yoshioka
Hiroshi Akutagawa ... Capt. Kotaro Yoshioka
... Shigezo Yuki
... 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
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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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Awarded the Golden Lion of St. Mark at the Venice Film Festival. A tender love story, scorching characterizations, deeply human qualities, and a wonderous and colorful background of Japan's festivals.

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3 May 1960 (USA)  »

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I agree
29 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I last saw this film nearly 35 years ago and would like to see an English subtitled DVD one more time before I go. Of all the films that Mifune Toshiro made, this is the one I love the most. Mifune's portrayal of a common man who does not apologize for his lot in life but instead lives it to it's fullest extent is both amusing and inspirational.

There was also a version done by Mikuni Rentaro (Toei Studios) that I have seen. At this point in time, I am willing to watch any of the many remakes of this film.

Hopefully someone with some "juice" will read these comments and act on bringing a good English subtitled version to DVD.


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