The Rickshaw Man
Original title: Muhomatsu no issho
- 1h 43m
A poor rickshaw driver finds himself helping a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.A poor rickshaw driver finds himself helping a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.A poor rickshaw driver finds himself helping a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.
Mifune Shines As Usual
When I think of Toshiro Mifune I usually think of the films he made with Akira Kurosawa, but he had a streak of excellent performances in interesting films directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. The first films I saw were the "Samurai Trilogy" (1954-56), three films based on the life of Miyamoto Musashi. That being said I was also impressed by The Rickshaw Man (1958). Mifune delivers his trademark "physical" role of Matsu "the Outlaw"(a title appropriated by Imamura in one of his documentaries) a larger than life rickshaw man in Kokura, Kyushu. Evidently, this is a remake of an earlier film, but i have never seen the previous film. Matsu befriends a small boy and becomes the surrogate father after the boy's father dies. He also carries a torch for the boy's mother played by Naruse regular Hideko Takamine. In this film we get to see Mifune win a running race,beat up several school boys in a big fight, and expertly play the taiko drum. The storyline is somewhat melodramatic, but Mifune carries the film with his charismatic performance-it is entertaining and worthwhile.
- Feb 6, 2017
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