Tora-san, My Uncle

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Tora-san, My Uncle
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Produced byKiyoshi Shimizu
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kumiko Goto
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 27, 1989 (1989-12-27)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san, My Uncle (男はつらいよ ぼくの伯父さん, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Boku no Ojisan) is a 1989 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kumiko Goto as his love interest or "Madonna". [1] Tora-san, My Uncle is the 42nd entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

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Cast

Critical appraisal

Hidetaka Yoshioka was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Japan Academy Prize for his role in Tora-san, My Uncle. He won this title at the Nikkan Sports Film Award ceremony. Kumiko Goto was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize. [3] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "This Tora-san, like all the others, in its depiction of warm family life and natural beauty, exudes a strong nostalgic pull for a Japan that was more spacious, beautiful and personal than it is today." [4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, My Uncle three and a half out of five stars. [5]

Availability

Tora-san, My Uncle was released theatrically on December 27, 1989. [6] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 1998, 2005, and 2008. [7]

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References

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  2. 男はつらいよ ぼくの伯父さん (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database . Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  3. "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boku no ojisan (1989)". Internet Movie Database . Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  4. Thomas, Kevin (May 23, 1990). "MOVIE REVIEW : 42nd 'Tora-san' Examines First Love". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. "Tora-San, My Uncle" (in German). www.molodezhnaja.ch. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
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