Tora-san's Cherished Mother

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Tora-san's Cherished Mother
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Shun'ichi Kobayashi
Akira Miyazaki
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Orie Satō
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • November 15, 1969 (1969-11-15)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san's Cherished Mother (続・男はつらいよ, Zoku Otoko wa Tsurai yo), aka Tora-san's Homeward Journey, Am I Trying? Part II, and Torasan Pt. 2, [1] is a 1969 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Kuruma Torajirō (Tora-san), and Orie Satō as his love interest or "Madonna". [2] Tora-san's Cherished Mother is the second entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

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Synopsis

Tora-san hears that his mother is still alive and returns to Tokyo to track her down. He discovers that she is a geisha who had had only a brief affair with his father. While visiting the family, he falls in love with Natsuko, the daughter of an old teacher. [3] [4] [5]

Cast

Critical appraisal

Kiyoshi Atsumi was given the Best Actor award at the Mainichi Film Awards for his performance in this film and the previous entry in the series, It's Tough Being a Man (also 1969). Yoji Yamada was also awarded Best Director at the ceremony for the same two films. [7]

The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Cherished Mother three and a half out of five stars. [8]

Releases

Tora-san's Cherished Mother was released theatrically on November 15, 1969. [9]

Home media

In Japan, the film was released on videotape in 1983 and 1995, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008. [10] AnimEigo released the film on DVD in the US along with the other first four films in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series on November 24, 2009. [4]

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References

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