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The Rickshaw Man (1958)

Muhomatsu no issho (original title)
A poor rickshaw driver finds himself helping a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.

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Hiroshi Inagaki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Matsugoro
Hideko Takamine ... Yoshiko Yoshioka
Hiroshi Akutagawa Hiroshi Akutagawa ... Capt. Kotaro Yoshioka
Chishû Ryû ... Shigezo Yuki
Chôko Iida ... Otora (innkeeper)
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Kumakichi
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Theatre employee
Kenji Kasahara Kenji Kasahara ... Toshio Yoshioka
Kaoru Matsumoto Kaoru Matsumoto ... Young Toshio
Nobuo Nakamura Nobuo Nakamura ... Yoshiko's brother
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima ... Medicine peddler
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Yoshiko's sister-in-law
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Fencing master
Bokuzen Hidari
Kokuten Kôdô
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rickshaw Man See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Remake of Muhomatsu no issho (1943) See more »

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Beautiful, Sensitive and Heartbreaking
13 February 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the turn of the Twentieth Century, the rickshaw driver Matsugoro "Matsu" (Toshirô Mifune) 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 (Hideko Takamine) asks Matsuo to take the boy to the doctor and then her husband Capt. Kotaro Yoshioka (Hiroshi Akutagawa) 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.

"Muhomatsu no issho", a.k.a. "The Rickshaw Man", is a beautiful, sensitive and heartbreaking movie that begins as a comedy but ends in a melodrama. The story of the impossible love of a poor but good man in a Japan with a rigid social class structure has a very sad ending. The performance of Toshirô Mifune is impressive and the director Hiroshi Inagaki won a Golden Lion in the Venice Filme Festival (1958). I have just surprisingly found that this movie is a remake of the unknown 1943 "Muhomatsu no issho". My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem do Riquixá" ("The Rickshaw Man")


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