DirectorYoji Yamada Film seriesOtoko wa Tsurai yo Duration LanguageJapanese
Release dateAugust 5, 1978 (1978-08-05) WriterYoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada CastKiyoshi Atsumi (Tora-san), Chieko Baishô (Sakura), Nana Kinomi (Nanako), Tetsuya Takeda (Tomekichi), Masami Shimojô (Kuruma Tatsuzō), Chieko Misaki (Kuruma Tsune) Otoko wa Tsurai yo moviesStage-Struck Tora-san and Talk of the Town Tora-san are part of the same movie series, Stage-Struck Tora-san and Tora-san - the Matchmaker are part of the same movie series, Stage-Struck Tora-san and Tora-san Meets His Lordship are part of the same movie series, Stage-Struck Tora-san and Tora-sans Sunrise and Sunset are part of the same movie series
Stage-Struck Tora-san(男はつらいよ 寅次郎わが道をゆく,Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Wagamichi o Yuku)akaTora-san's Stage-Struck is a 1978 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Nana Kinomi as his love interest or "Madonna". Stage-Struck Tora-san is the twenty-first entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.
Tora-san returns from his travels throughout Japan to his family's home in Tokyo to find his uncle recovering from an illness. After a family fight erupts, he returns to the road and becomes friends with Tomekichi. When the pair come to Tokyo, they both fall in love with stage dancers.
Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō
Chieko Baisho as Sakura
Nana Kinomi as Nanako Beni
Tetsuya Takeda as Tomekichi Gotō
Masami Shimojō as Kuruma Tatsuzō
Chieko Misaki as Tsune Kuruma (Torajiro's aunt)
Gin Maeda as Hiroshi Suwa
Hayato Nakamura as Mitsuo Suwa
Hisao Dazai as Boss (Umetarō Katsura)
Gajirō Satō as Genkō
Chishū Ryū as Gozen-sama
Shinobu Azusa as Shinobu Fuji
Kiyoshi Atsumi was nominated for Best Actor at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for his work in Stage-Struck Tora-san and the following film in the series, Talk of the Town Tora-san (also 1978). Yoji Yamada was also nominated for Best Director for these two films.
Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Stage-Struck Tora-san is one of the weaker entries in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. He notes that co-star Tetsuya Takeda, a popular comic actor in Japan at the time, comes across as hammy in western eyes. According to Galbraith, the film works best as a nostalgic look at late-1970s popular culture. The opening dream segment is a spoof of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and there are references to Pink Lady as well as glimpses into Japan's economic situation of the era. The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Stage-Struck Tora-san three out of five stars.
Stage-Struck Tora-san was released theatrically on August 5, 1978. In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2002 and 2005.