The Rickshaw Man

  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A simple drama of great power, THE RICKSHAW MAN stars Mifune as a rickshaw driver in early 20th-century Japan. He becomes friendly with a shy young boy, the son of a military officer. When the boy's father dies, Mifune becomes a sort of surrogate dad. He helps the boy learn how to run a race and, in a wonderfully funny and touching moment, ignores a potential...read more

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A simple drama of great power, THE RICKSHAW MAN stars Mifune as a rickshaw driver in early 20th-century Japan. He becomes friendly with a shy young boy, the son of a military officer. When the boy's father dies, Mifune becomes a sort of surrogate dad. He helps the boy learn how to run a

race and, in a wonderfully funny and touching moment, ignores a potential rider in order to help the lad untangle a kite string. Slowly, Mifune falls in love with the boy's mother (Takamine). He confesses his love for her, but because they come from different social classes their love is

forbidden. In time, the boy outgrows Mifune, leaving the rickshaw driver desolate and alone. With nothing left to live for, Mifune drinks himself to death. This story is told with great care and sensitivity under the sure-handed direction of Inagaki. Stunning yet graceful, the visuals never

overwhelm the actors or the story. Mifune handles his role with a quiet eloquence, deftly conveying all of his intriguing character's moods, from anger to unbridled joy. There's also a skillful use of flashback to portray Mifune's own unhappy childhood and its contrast with his adult life.

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  • Review: A simple drama of great power, THE RICKSHAW MAN stars Mifune as a rickshaw driver in early 20th-century Japan. He becomes friendly with a shy young boy, the son of a military officer. When the boy's father dies, Mifune becomes a sort of surrogate dad. He h… (more)

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