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Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (1977)

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:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Won the first-ever Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture, in 1978. See more »

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Remade as The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) See more »

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The Yellow Handkerchief of Hope
8 April 2006 | by dchozenwanSee all my reviews

I watched the movie, and the plot is similar to the song. However, the "ribbons" were replaced with "handkerchiefs". A post was used in lieu of an oak tree.

Away from these similarities, I found the movie entertaining. The movie is a ballad of hope and friendship.

The ensemble performance is a perfect mix. Ken Takakura's stoicism versus Tetsuya Takeda's humor is balanced by Kaori Momoi's character.

The movie offers a lot of symbolisms. Their journey is same to life. The destination is uncertain. There might be ups and downs (vividly depicted by the good cinematography showing the different places in Hokkaido).

The handkerchief is a metaphor of a person's aspirations. There may be hindrances that discourage him or her to pursue it. Thankfully, there are friends and loved ones who cheer us up to go on.

A yellow handkerchief is a clear sunny day we are looking forward to every time we wake up. A movie like this deserved the recognition bestowed upon it.


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