1 user 2 critic

Akai hankachi (1964)

A hot-shot detective in Yokohama kills a witness during a drug investigation. He flees to the countryside and evades his past for several years, only to return to find the woman he loved ... See full summary »


Toshio Masuda




Cast overview:
Yûjirô Ishihara
Ruriko Asaoka Ruriko Asaoka
Hideaki Nitani Hideaki Nitani
Nobuo Kaneko
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida
Learn more

More Like This 

Hana to ryu (1962)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Toshio Masuda
Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Ryôji Hayama
Pale Flower (1964)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki
Rusty Knife (1958)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two friends who witnessed an organized crime murder are threatened by the local mob into keeping quiet.

Director: Toshio Masuda
Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Akira Kobayashi
Red Pier (1958)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda's Red Pier as "Jiro the Lefty", a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Masuda
Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Yukiko Todoroki
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.

Director: Tomu Uchida
Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Akiko Kazami, Wakaba Irie
Antarctica (1983)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search ... See full summary »

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara
Stars: Ken Takakura, Tsunehiko Watase, Eiji Okada


A hot-shot detective in Yokohama kills a witness during a drug investigation. He flees to the countryside and evades his past for several years, only to return to find the woman he loved married to his former partner. He searches for answers to his troubled past, knowing that his inevitable doomed fate is more or less sealed. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Crime


Did You Know?


1964 was a big year at Nikkatsu for their so-called mood/action noir crime/romance melodramas, and 'RED HANDKERCHIEF' was one of the biggest hits in this popular sub-genre. See more »

User Reviews

Great film for fans of Japanese Karaoke
29 March 2004 | by djhregSee all my reviews

First, this film seems to be available in Japan only. I purchased mine on a recent trip to Tokyo. I believe it was about 3600 yen (around $32) It is region 2 encoded and will plan only on "all region" machines or machines imported from Japan (I have a machine from Japan)

There are no subtitles or alternate language track, so you need to be able to speak Japanese to appreciate the movie.

What is the main interest? The hero Mikami is played by Ishihara Yujiro.

Ishihara Yujiro (now deceased) was the brother of the current outspoken governor of Tokyo, Ishihara Shintaro who cowrote "the Japan that can say no." about 15 years ago.

Ishihara Yujiro is a sort of John Wayne for Japan - the man's man. The movie theme song is one of the most famous "Enka" Karaoke songs.

Plot: opening with a criminal running through foggy back alleys of the Yokohama harbor. Elite policeman Mikami (Ishihara) and his partner Ishizuka (Nitani) in hot pursuit. The crook stashes a mysterious briefcase in a little "Oden" stand and runs on, only to be hit and killed by a truck. As the police grill the elderly owner of the Oden stand, Mikami goes to notify his daughter (Asaoka) who thinks her father is drunk again and sends Mikami back with a sweater for her father. During the interrogation, it comes out that Mikami is going to be on Japan's olympic pistol team. The father won't talk. As Ishizuka walks the old man across the courtyard, suddenly the old man turns, knocks Ishizuka over, grabs his gun and begins firing wildly. Rushing from the building, ace-shot Mikami pulls his service revolver and kills the old man with one shot. Needless to say, the daughter is furious... too bad, because she was Mikami's love interest. In the ensuing scandal, Mikami is forced to resign. Four years later, real-man Mikami is working in the Hokkaido snows on a dam construction project drilling holes in the cliff when the police investigator Tsuchiya arrives to tell him that there is something peculiar about his former parnter's subsequent financial success and marriage to the old man's daughter...

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

3 January 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Handkerchief See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed