Tora-san, the Intellectual

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Tora-san, the Intellectual
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Fumie Kashiyama
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 27, 1975 (1975-12-27)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Tora-san, the Intellectual (男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Katsushika Risshihen)akaTora-san Meets a Lady Scholar [1] is a 1975 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Fumie Kashiyama as his love interest or "Madonna". [2] Tora-san, the Intellectual is the sixteenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

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Synopsis

Tora-san returns to his family's shop in Shibamata, Tokyo to find himself accused of being the father of a 17-year-old girl. It turns out that Tora-san had only given help to the girl's mother after her husband had left her. Tora-san becomes infatuated with the female archeology student who is staying with his family, and attempts to take up intellectual pursuits to get near her. [3] [4]

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Critical appraisal

A 1977 review in The New York Times judged Tora-san, the Intellectual to be "genuinely warm and charming". The review commented that Yoji Yamada's script was "convoluted" and the directing "uneven", but that "Mr. Yamada is decidedly professional in shaping a colorful and briskly moving story," and that the film as a whole "project[s] contemporary Japanese family life and ties realistically and affectionately." [3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Intellectual three and a half out of five stars. [6]

Availability

Tora-san, the Intellectual was released theatrically on December 27, 1975. [7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008. [8] The film played for two days in New York in 1977 during which time it received a review in The New York Times . [3]

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References

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