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The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness
Directed by Yamada Yoji
Date:20, Dec, 2011
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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In Japan, the title The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness is known by many people, young and old. But unexpectedly, the young little seem to know the story or where it goes on.


The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness
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That is the Japanese movie which was directed by Yoji Yamada, a great film director in Japan, and released in October of 1977. Ken Takakura, Tetsuya Takeda and Kaori Momoi starred in the film. The road movie of the three and it is great value on the Japanese movie history.

Taking advantage of starring in the film, Tetsuya Takeda started to be an actor and Ken Takakura shook himself free from his past career; an image as a great actor of a yakuza role. The movie is a turning point of each actor as mentioned above.

Because of his heartbreak, Tetsuya Takeda went to Hokkaido and there courted Kaori Momoi. The two asked Ken Takakura for a photo. Then, three began to travel together in Hokkaido. The movie describes the whole story of their traveling. On the way, it comes to light that the yellow handkerchief means very important to Ken Takakura, not directly to Tetsuya and Kaori, but it is a key of the story and a symbol of conjugal love.

The movie has gotten very popular not only in Japan, but overseas as America, China, Thailand and the like. Incidentally, American remake of the film, The Yellow Handkerchief, was released in 2008. Kaori Momoi starred also in the American film.

The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness still influences greatly. 24 Hours TV has been on air by Nippon Television every summer in Japan. In the program, casts and staffs wear yellow T-shirts. They say it is under the influence of the movie.





 

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