Tora-san, the Good Samaritan

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Tora-san, the Good Samaritan
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Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Rumi Sakakibara
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • April 28, 1971 (1971-04-28)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san, the Good Samaritan (男はつらいよ 奮闘篇, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Funtō hen) is a 1971 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Rumi Sakakibara as his love interest or "Madonna". [1] Tora-san, the Good Samaritan is the seventh entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

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Critical appraisal

For his work on Tora-san, the Good Samaritan, the previous entry in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, Tora-san's Shattered Romance , and the following entry, Tora-san's Love Call (all 1971), Yoji Yamada tied for Best Director at the Mainichi Film Awards with Masahiro Shinoda. [3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Good Samaritan three and a half out of five stars. [4]

Availability

Tora-san, the Good Samaritan was released theatrically on April 28, 1971. [5] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1983 and 1995, and in DVD format in 1998 and 2008. [6]

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References

  1. "男はつらいよ 奮闘篇 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). www.tora-san.jp . Retrieved 2010-01-18.External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. 男はつらいよ 奮闘篇 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database . Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  3. "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Funto hen (1971)". Internet Movie Database . Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  4. "Tora-San, the Good Samaritan" (in German). www.molodezhnaja.ch . Retrieved 2010-01-18.External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. "男はつらいよ 奮闘篇". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  6. 男はつらいよ 奮闘篇(1971) (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-01-18.

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