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Stage Struck Tora san

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Genre  Comedy
Music director  Naozumi Yamamoto
Country  Japan
6.3/10 IMDb

Director  Yoji Yamada
Film series  Otoko wa Tsurai yo
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Language  Japanese
Stage Struck Tora san movie poster
Release date  August 5, 1978 (1978-08-05)
Writer  Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada
Cast  Kiyoshi Atsumi (Tora-san), Chieko Baishô (Sakura), Nana Kinomi (Nanako), Tetsuya Takeda (Tomekichi), Masami Shimojô (Kuruma Tatsuzō), Chieko Misaki (Kuruma Tsune)
Otoko wa Tsurai yo movies  Stage-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) aka Tora-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.

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Critical appraisal

    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.

    Availability

    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.

    References

    Stage-Struck Tora-san Wikipedia
    Stage-Struck Tora-san IMDbStage-Struck Tora-san Rotten TomatoesStage-Struck Tora-san themoviedb.org


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