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The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)

Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (original title)
Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Yôji Yamada (screenplay), Yoshitaka Asama (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Takakura ... Yûsaku Shima
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Mitsue Shima
Kaori Momoi ... Akemi Ogawa
Tetsuya Takeda Tetsuya Takeda ... Kin'ya Hanada
Hisao Dazai Hisao Dazai ... Ryokan Manager
Makoto Akatsuka Makoto Akatsuka ... Chinpira
Mari Okamoto Mari Okamoto ... Ramen Shop Girl
Sakae Umezu
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki
Kazuhiko Kasai Kazuhiko Kasai
Saburô Satoki Saburô Satoki
Yasujirô Ono Yasujirô Ono
Sabu Kawahara Sabu Kawahara ... (as Hiromasa Kawahara)
Tako Hachirô Tako Hachirô
Kôei Yamamoto Kôei Yamamoto
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Storyline

Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness See more »

Filming Locations:

Sakaemachi, Hokkaido, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tetsuya Takeda (Kinya) was not really driving the car in this movie. He did have a provisional license but he was bad at driving so close ups were shot with the car on a trailer and in long distant shots a film staff drove instead. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) See more »

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Very Good Road Film
6 December 2009 | by crossbow0106See 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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