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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.

Director:

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 ... Kumakichi
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... Theatre employee
Kenji Kasahara Kenji Kasahara ... Toshio Yoshioka
Kaoru Matsumoto Kaoru Matsumoto ... Young Toshio
Nobuo Nakamura ... Yoshiko's brother
Ichirô Arishima Ichirô Arishima ... Medicine peddler
Chieko Nakakita ... Yoshiko's sister-in-law
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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Quotes

Matsugoro: If I were a man of some learning I could be of help to you. But I'm just a rickshaw man. I'm useless to you.
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Remake of Muhomatsu no issho (1943) See more »

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An excellent film!
22 December 2004 | by liliput2002See all my reviews

Why on earth its so hard to get this film on video? Only an extreme bad English subtitled VHS, a good Chinese subtitle, but no German subtitle or German synchronized. I saw this film 40 years ago in German cinema, and except a Japanese VHS or DVD (see above)there's nothing to receive. This film is so good, that I even can understand the meaning of the Japanese Video. (With the help of my Japanese woman) The tragedy of a Rikshaman is shown in an excellent way, how he helps a young boy, when his father died, and that he cant marry the mother of that boy, because he is from a "lower Kaste". I hope one day I will get a German - or at least an English copy, to understand all the words, they say.


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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:

Stereo (Perspecta Sterophonic Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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