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 ... 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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Endlessly watchable series
20 January 2001 | by ButaNiShinjuSee all my reviews

It seems amazing to many people that this series of movies went on to number 48 over 25 years. But each film is strangely compelling and quite different, even though the basic format is the same.

Tora-san is a deeply flawed but intensely 'real' individual: lazy, vain, semi-literate, petulant, mendacious, funny, child-like, generous, sentimental. A real pain for everyone around him (most of all his long-suffering family), but nevertheless likable for all that. He is no one-dimensional character -- Atsumi's acting is breathtakingly larger than life. A lot of the credit must be due to the directorial skills of Yamada, who coaxes fine natural performances from all his actors.

There are a lot of underlying themes in the Tora-san films. Class certainly is one. Shibamata, Tora-san's hometown, is lower working class. Tora-san himself is 'yakuza-poi' -- not one of the notorious gangsters one thinks of as 'yakuza', but a small-time drifter and seller of cheap books and trashy objects -- he tries his hand at various other jobs (like farming in Hokkaido), but always fails and returns to his itinerant way of life. His speech patterns and pugnacious character (not to mention his dress) signify his status immediately to any Japanese. Much of the comic tension in these films derives from the discomfort Tora's earthy presence provokes when among those of finer social pretensions.

The other more overt theme is Tora's endless disappointment in love. Although women find him a charming comedian, none can conceive of him as a serious love interest. Tora's fascination with women is curiously asexual -- there is never any leering or lustful aspect to it. Rather, he develops a sudden dog-like attachment to pretty young women he encounters by chance, his family---and the audience---knowing it is doomed from the start.

It is indeed a shame more of these films are not available in English, but on the other hand, a good translation of the very idiomatic Japanese would be difficult to achieve.

*UPDATE*: As of August 2008, Shochiku has released a new edition of the Tora-san films on DVD, WITH English SUBTITLES!


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18 July 1974 (USA) See more »

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Shibamata, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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2.35 : 1
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