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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.


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


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.


Comedy | Drama


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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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Matsu the Great
9 March 2013 | by fa-oySee all my reviews

The story of a great man indeed. A man who, despite his poverty and unjustifiable way of life, finds happiness and appreciates the simple and basic things in it, and the people who make contact with him quickly recognize his great character and kindness. Toshiro Mifune may have just delivered one of his best performances in his whole acting career, so different from his usual expressions he would normally showcase in Kurosawa's films. In this film, while in some parts he impersonates a similar role to those he would do in Kurosawa's films, he mostly adopts a personality of a humble, charitable man. He is definitely the core and character that makes this film overflow with greatness, although many of the other people involved in the cast are just as important.

The fact that this film is very rare and difficult to track, in my opinion, is comparable to the unfortunate life of Matsu (character enacted by Toshiro Mifune) who, being a wonderful man, goes through life mainly unnoticed and unacknowledged; only some people get to know him better and firmly state that he could have been someone big. Such is the fate of this film; it is highly underrated, but if you are fortunate enough to find it, you will behold the story of an admirable man.

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Release Date:

3 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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The Rickshaw Man See more »

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (Perspecta Sterophonic Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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