Rikisha-Man (1958)





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Tough and ready Mitsu, the rickshaw man, goes in for anything rough and tumble. His life changes, however, when he crosses paths with Toshio, a young boy who has injured himself. As thanks for helping the boy to the doctor, Toshio's parents, the Yoshiokas, invite Mitsu to dinner and he gladly accepts their offer. They become close and when Mr. Yoshioka dies from an illness, the family asks Mitsu to serve as the young boy's tutor. Mitsu does an exemplary job readying Toshio for school, instilling in him the honesty and honor which are so much a part of his own character. After Toshio leaves for school, Mitsu evidences an interest in Mrs. Yoshioka, but their difference in station keeps him from expressing his desire. Mitsu's repressed attraction for the lovely widow grows, driving him to his death at the film's climactic end. The Rickshaw Man is a sentimental favorite of Japanese cinema. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Toshiro Mifune
as Muhomatsu
Hideko Takamine
as Mrs. Yoshiko Yoshioka
Hiroshi Akutagawa
as Capt. Yoshioka
Ichiro Arishima
as Medicine peddler
Choko Iida
as Innkeeper
Kenji Kasahara
as Toshio as a Boy
Chishu Ryu
as Mr. Yuki
Haruo Tanaka
as Kumakichi
Jun Tatara
as Theater Employee
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Toshiro Mifune's having so much fun here (most of the time) playing kind of a dumb character, who's just a kid at heart--but, who is as selfless as can be. Inagaki's director is, for the most part, just good--not great--until the climax and denouement when he puts on a brilliant display of colors and in-camera/editing effects that really heighten the mood and make you feel for the Matsu character. It's not hard to see why this won the Golden Lion (Best Film) at the 1958 Venice Film Festival. Terrific stuff here.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

One of the most unknown but great movies of Mifune, he shines gold in this movie. He plays a lovable kind hearted ricksha man who helps out a boy who hurt his ankle, he takes him to the dr and helps out his family. The boy's father dies, leaving him and his mother alone. Mifun falls for her eventually but because of their class (he a lowely ricksha man, her a higher bred higher class woman) he couldn't ever have her. A must see for all Mifune fans.

gina gregory
gina gregory

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=6][COLOR=Black]Saw this movie in a Japanese History class. About a Ricksha puller who becomes a father figure for a boy who had lost his fater. Set during the modernization period in Japan. There is a great scene where the Ricksha man played by Toshiro Mifune is playing the Tyko Drums. It shows how one part of Japanese history became part of the culture for a new "unified" nation. I enjoyed this movie very much for its portrayal of life during that time. It has funny parts and some good acting.

Emiko Stinson
Emiko Stinson

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