Tora-san, the Expert

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Tora-san, the Expert
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Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Yūko Tanaka
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 28, 1982 (1982-12-28)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san, the Expert (男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Hana mo Arashi mo Torajirō) is a 1982 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Yūko Tanaka as his love interest or "Madonna". [1] Tora-san, the Expert is the thirtieth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. This became the first Tora-san film to be released on DVD with English subtitles in 16:9 ratio when the Hong Kong label Panorama did so in 2006. [2]

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Synopsis

Tora-san gets into an argument with his uncle and sets out on the road again. In Kyushu he meets a young woman named Keiko and the shy zoologist Saburō, and attempts to play matchmaker between the two when they all return to Tokyo. [2] [3] [4]

Cast

Critical appraisal

Kiyoshi Atsumi, the star of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series won the Best Actor prize at the Blue Ribbon Awards for his role in Tora-san, the Expert. Co-star Yūko Tanaka was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize. [2] [6] The casting of Kenji Sawada, then one of Japan's most flamboyant rock stars, as the painfully shy Saburo, also drew attention.

Stuart Galbraith IV judges this film to be one of the best in the series, helped by Tanaka's outstanding performance. [2] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Expert three and a half out of five stars. [7]

Availability

Tora-san, the Expert was released theatrically on December 28, 1982. [8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1986 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008. [9]

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References

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