The Rickshaw Man (Muhomatsu no issho)

  • Dir: Inagaki Hiroshi

  • Japan, 1958, 104min, 16mm

  • Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Takamine Hideko

In the Meiji era, Matsugoro is a poor rickshaw driver whose boisterous nature always causes trouble, and yet his compassion and selflessness earn him acceptance into captain Yoshioka’s upper class family. Despite his feeling for the widow, he maintains his loyalty and honorably observes the class difference, which ends up in his own tragedy. Mifune Toshiro portrays the masculine, rough-around-the-edges Matsu in such anuanced manner that evokes our strong emotions and empathy, and leaves us bewildered with his display of raw strength and power in the taiko drum scene.


1958 Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion for Best Film

#7 in 1958 Kinema Junpo’s Top 10



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