Tora-san's Dear Old Home

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Tora-san's Dear Old Home
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Sayuri Yoshinaga
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 5, 1972 (1972-08-05)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san's Dear Old Home (男はつらいよ 柴又慕情, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Shibamata Bojō)akaTora-san's New Romance [1] is a 1972 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Sayuri Yoshinaga as his love interest or "Madonna". [2] Tora-san's Dear Old Home is the ninth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, and the first to employ an opening dream-sequence, which became a standard feature of the series. [3] It is also the first film in the series in which Tatsuo Matsumura plays Tora-san's uncle, a role he took over from Shin Morikawa who died after the eighth film. [4]

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Synopsis

Tora-san meets three women on vacation when he travels to Fukui. One of the women meets him at his home, and he believes she has fallen in love with him, unaware that she hopes to marry a potter in the countryside. [4] [5]

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Critical appraisal

Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Tora-san's Dear Old Home is a "typically fine early entry in the series' run", which shows Yamada and Atsumi still experimenting with the Tora-san character and stories. Galbraith singles out Yamada's portrayal of "fleeting friendships" in this film, pointing out, "Yamada's camera lingers on little details, especially the sadness of departing trains and the pain of saying goodbye." He points out that the film is also very funny, with Chishū Ryū performing an especially humorous scene as the Buddhist priest. [4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Dear Old Home four out of five stars. [3]

Availability

Tora-san's Dear Old Home was released theatrically on August 5, 1972. [7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1995, and in DVD format in 2008. [8]

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References

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  3. 1 2 "Tora-San's Dear Old Home" (in German). www.molodezhnaja.ch . Retrieved 2010-01-18.External link in |publisher= (help)
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