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Am I Trying (1969)

Otoko wa tsurai yo (original title)
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Tora-San, an itinerant peddler who is thrown out of his father's house twenty years before but reconnects with his aunt, uncle and sister Sakura. Tora wreaks some havoc in their lives, like getting drunk and silly at a marriage meeting.

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Yôji Yamada
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Kiyoshi Atsumi Kiyoshi Atsumi ... Torajirô Kuruma
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Sakura
Sachiko Mitsumoto Sachiko Mitsumoto ... Fuyuko
Chishû Ryû ... Gozensama
Takashi Shimura ... Hyôichirô Suwa
Shin Morikawa Shin Morikawa ... Ryûzô
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ... Hiroshi Suwa
Taisaku Akino ... Noboru Kawamata (as Masaaki Tsusaka)
Gajirô Satô Gajirô Satô ... Genkichi
Keiroku Seki Keiroku Seki ... Shikaisha
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki ... Tsune Kuruma
Hisao Dazai Hisao Dazai ... Umetarô Katsura
Shunsuke Ômi Shunsuke Ômi ... Buchô
Taichirô Hirokawa Taichirô Hirokawa ... Michio
Fusatarô Ishijima Fusatarô Ishijima ... Michio's Father
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Tora-San, an itinerant peddler who is thrown out of his father's house twenty years before but reconnects with his aunt, uncle and sister Sakura. Tora wreaks some havoc in their lives, like getting drunk and silly at a marriage meeting.

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Followed by Tora-san Loves an Artist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Jinsei no namiki michi
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Music by Masao Koga
Lyrics by Sônosuke Satô
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Where It Began
13 October 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This first film in what is purported to be the longest run series in film history tells the tale of Tora-San, an itinerant peddler who is thrown out of his father's house twenty years before but reconnects with his aunt, uncle and sister Sakura (the very pretty and sweet Chieko Baisho). Tora wreaks some havoc in their lives, like getting drunk and silly at a marriage meeting and ruining Sakura's chance to marry someone, as well as just being a real pain to those around him. There is a sentimental side to him also, and the best way to describe him is that he grows on you. This film features smallish roles by two of the greatest actors in film history, Chishu Ryu as a priest and Takashi Shimura, as Sakura's prospective father in law. They light up the screen when they're in the film. Kind of a film about a bygone era in Japan, as itinerant peddlers are all but gone, this film reminds me somewhat of the two "Always Sunset On Third Street" films, as they are also about a bygone era. Crazy, funny & sentimental, this film delivers. I have not seen any of the rest (so far, anyway) of the films in this series, but I am intrigued. Atsumi Kiyoshi, who plays Tora, is good in this. I recommend it, its a very good film.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am I Trying See more »

Filming Locations:

Shibamata, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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