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Am I Trying (1969)

Otoko wa tsurai yo (original title)
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.

Director:

Yôji Yamada
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Followed by Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kamome uta (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Otoko wa tsurai yo
(uncredited)
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Lyrics by Tetsurô Hoshino
Performed by Kiyoshi Atsumi
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1st "Tora-san" feature is funny, sad, wonderful...
9 April 1999 | by I Rule!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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