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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.

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Kiyoshi Atsumi ...
Torajirô Kuruma
Chieko Baishô ...
Sakura
Sachiko Mitsumoto ...
Fuyuko
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Gozensama
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Hyôichirô Suwa
Shin Morikawa ...
Ryûzô
Gin Maeda ...
Hiroshi Suwa
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Followed by Tora-san, the Good Samaritan (1971) See more »

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Kenka Tatsu
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Music by Ikuo Sekino
Lyrics by Akemi Arichika
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1st "Tora-san" feature is funny, sad, wonderful...
9 April 1999 | by 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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