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The Life of Matsu the Untamed

Muhomatsu no issho

Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
Japan, 1943
Action, Adventure


The Life of Matsu the Untamed is the 1943 original of the film which Inagaki remade in 1958 under the title The Rikisha Man.

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The Life of Matsu the Untamed Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki

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  • John Baldwin's rating of the film The Life of Matsu the Untamed

    This is the best film by Inagaki I've seen, a classic of wartime Japanese cinema. Tsumasaburô Bandô, a huge star in Japan before and during the war, but totally unknown in the West, is wonderful as the rough-hewn but good-hearted Matsu, and Keiko Sonoi, who would later die tragically from atomic bomb radiation, equals him as the upper-class woman Matsu secretly loves. Perfect blend of sentimental humor and pathos.

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