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Tora-san's Love in Osaka (1981)

Otoko wa tsurai yo: Naniwa no koi no Torajirô (original title)
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After the usual family fight, Tora leaves Shibamata and falls in love with a geisha from Osaka, who is struggling with her own problems. Tora tries to help her.


Yôji Yamada
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiyoshi Atsumi Kiyoshi Atsumi ... Torajirô Kuruma
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Sakura
Keiko Matsuzaka Keiko Matsuzaka ... Fumi
Masami Shimojô ... Ryûzô
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki ... Tsune
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ... Hiroshi
Hisao Dazai Hisao Dazai ... Shachô
Gajirô Satô Gajirô Satô ... Genkô
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Mitsuo
Terue Shôji Terue Shôji ... Geisha
Hanae Shôji Hanae Shôji ... Geisha
Sayoko Makino Sayoko Makino
Reiko Hatsune Reiko Hatsune ... Kane
Shokaku Shôfukutei Shokaku Shôfukutei
Keiroku Seki Keiroku Seki


After the usual family fight, Tora leaves Shibamata and falls in love with a geisha from Osaka, who is struggling with her own problems. Tora tries to help her.

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Comedy | Romance


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Follows Otoko wa tsurai yo (1968) See more »


Otoko wa tsurai yo
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Lyrics by Tetsurô Hoshino
Performed by Kiyoshi Atsumi
Courtesy of Crown Records
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Not an Osaka tourism add, that's for sure
14 December 2019 | by topitimo-829-270459See all my reviews

Tora-san, the eternal traveler, has by this movie covered a large portion of Japan on his journeys, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. This movie, the 27th entry into the franchise, takes one destination off Tora's bucket list, that being the industrial metropolis of Osaka. More than your usual "Otoko wa tsurai yo" installation, this movie gives central stage to its location, and much of the humor is drawn from the juxtaposition of Osaka and Tokyo cultures. "Osaka men are different from Tokyo men", after all.

The film opens with the usual dream sequence, this one taking place in an underwater kingdom (with a literal Octopus, har har). Then Tora comes home to Shibamata, and there is the usual fight. On his travels, he meets Fumi (Matsuzaka Keiko), a geisha from Osaka, with whom he falls in love. Tora spends the majority of the film in Osaka, where he also makes friends with the inn-keeper who lives with his mom, and is pretty much the Osaka version of Tora-san.

We see many sides of Osaka throughout the film, but one can hardly call this a tourism add for the city. Yamada paints it as a busy, hectic, sad and downright dirty landscape: a location where modernization has turned the place into an efficient, but faceless environment. Of course the idyllic Shibamata is presented as the counterpart.

This is not one of the funnier entries - Tora is kind of a dick in the first act - but the romance is good, and so is the depiction of the milieu.

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Release Date:

1 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Shibamata, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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2.35 : 1
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