The Rickshaw Man(Muhomatsu no issho)
Dir: Inagaki Hiroshi
Japan, 1958, Japanese, 103mins, DCP
Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Takamine Hideko, Ryu Chishu
In a very close version of its 1943 original, Inagaki Hiroshi’s colour, widescreen remake inspired awe with his refined, rich visualisation that won him the Golden Lion at Venice. Mifune Toshiro lends an aura of samurai vibe to his rough-around-the-edges gesture and comedic sensibility in a nuanced manner, impressing with his display of raw strength and power in the taiko drum scene. The quietly devastating scene of Mifune’s retrained confession of love to the elegant Takamine is added back at the climax, making the lonely passing of the respectable man in the snow the more heartbreaking.
Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion for Best Film
#7 in Kinema Junpo ’s Top 10
27/1 (Sat): Film talk with Cheng Chuen-wai