Muhomatsu the Rickshaw Man poster

Japan Release: 1958
Running Time:
103 minutes

Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man


Japanese Title

無法松の一生
[Muhomatsu no Issho]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

Hiroshi Inagaki's remake of his own 1943 picture. A rough but sentimental rickshaw man named Matsugoro (but known by everyone was MuhoMatsu—"Wild Matsu") returns to the town of Kokura, where he befriends an army captain named Yoshioka, his wife Yoshiko, and their son Toshio. When Captain Yoshioka suddenly passes away, Matsugoro takes it upon himself to become a father figure for the dead man's son, all the while falling love with the widowed Yoshiko. But as they are of a higher class and he is still a poor rickshaw man, his relationship to them will always be as a servant...

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Titles

International Title

Muhomatsu, the Rikishaw Man

Initial US Title

Muhomatsu, the Rikishaw Man
US Distributor: - / Time: -

Alternate Titles

The Life of Wild Matsu
[Literal translation]

The Rickshaw Man
[Alternate US title]


Staff

Cast

Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
Writing credits Mansaku Itami, Hiroshi Inagaki
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Ikuma Dan
Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada
Film Editing by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Production Design by Hiroshi Ueda
Assistant Director Teruo Maru
Matsugoro Toshiro Mifune
Yoshiko Yoshioka Hideko Takamine
Gintaro Okamoto, Father Kenji Susukida
Kotoro Yoshioka, Captain Hiroshi Akutagawa
Shigezo Yuki Chishu Ryu
Otora, Innkeeeper Choko Iida
Toshio Yoshioka as an adult Kenji Kasahara
Toshio Yoshioka as a child Kaoru Matsumoto
Yoshiko's brother Nobuo Nakamura
Medicine Peddler Ichiro Arishima
Yoshiko's sister-in-law Chieko Nakakita
Kendo master Seiji Miyaguchi
Tavernkeeper Bokuzen Hidari

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 24th, 1986 with the registration number of PA0000319863. The title used was its international one, Muhomatsu, the Richshaw Man, with an alternate title of Muhomatsu, the Rikishaman. It also included the movie's Romaji title as well, Muhomatsu, no Issho.
  • This picture is a remake of a 1943 Daiei movie of the same name, which was also directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. This information comes from The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune (ISBN: 0571211526).
  • Won the Golden Lion Award at the nineteenth International Venice Film Festival, which took place in 1958. Mentioned in The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune (ISBN: 0571211526).
  • Despite the film's popularity, star Toshiro Mifune was not pleased with the finished product. Mifune didn't like remakes and only made this one because "I was under contract and had to fulfill certain obligations." This information comes from The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune (ISBN: 0571211526)

Reviews

Patrick Galvan Star Rating
September 4, 2018