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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

Pete Hamill an American journalist wrote the story upon which the movie was made. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) See more »

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A popular modern classic
25 March 2000 | by ButaNiShinjuSee all my reviews

You could describe it as a gritty, "thinking man's Tora-san" (in fact it shares a script-writer and some of the same cast as the early Tora-san films). Funny in many places but not a comedy; more like a slice-of-reality, on-the-road film in which three strangers are thrown together and romantic love triumphs in the end. Not an art film by any means, but great in its own way.


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