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Am I Trying (1969)

Otoko wa tsurai yo (original title)
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Kiyoshi Atsumi ...
Torajirô Kuruma
Chieko Baishô ...
Sakura
Sachiko Mitsumoto ...
Fuyuko
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Hyôichirô Suwa
Shin Morikawa ...
Ryûzô
Gin Maeda ...
Hiroshi Suwa
Taisaku Akino ...
Noboru Kawamata (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Gajirô Satô ...
Genkichi
Keiroku Seki ...
Shikaisha
Chieko Misaki ...
Tsune Kuruma
Hisao Dazai ...
Umetarô Katsura
Shunsuke Ômi ...
Buchô
Taichirô Hirokawa ...
Michio
Fusatarô Ishijima ...
Michio's Father
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Followed by Tora-san's Love Call (1971) See more »

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Jinsei no namiki michi
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Music by Masao Koga
Lyrics by Sônosuke Satô
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1st "Tora-san" feature is funny, sad, wonderful...
9 April 1999 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

First "Tora-san" feature sets up format for the rest of the series, with Tora-san returning home to Shibamata after many years estranged from his family. Atsumi is hilarious, Baisho luminous, and Yamada's screenplay and direction is sensitive yet uncomprimising. As Kevin Thomas of the "LA Times" told me for an article I wrote on the series, these pictures are "sentimental, but in the good sense of the word." The real surprise here is the appearance of Takashi Shimura ("Seven Samurai," "Ikiru") as Hiroshi Suwa's estranged father. His scenes and how they relate to Tora-san's own life, is emotionally powerful stuff sprinkled with some very funny moments as well. It's really a shame that NONE of these movies are presently available on home video in the United States.


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