GenreComedy, Romance Music directorNaozumi Yamamoto CountryJapan
Release dateDecember 28, 1982 (1982-12-28) WriterYoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada (characters) CastKiyoshi Atsumi (Torajiro Kuruma), Yuko Tanaka (Keiko), Chieko Baisho (Sakura Suwa), Hidetaka Yoshioka (Mitsuo), Gin Maeda (Hiroshi) Similar moviesOtoko wa Tsurai yo movies
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 Yuko Tanaka as his love interest or "Madonna". 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.
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.
Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō
Chieko Baisho as Sakura
Yuko Tanaka as Keiko
Kenji Sawada as Saburō
Masami Shimojō as Kuruma Tatsuzō
Chieko Misaki as Tsune Kuruma (Torajiro's aunt)
Gin Maeda as Hiroshi Suwa
Hisao Dazai as Boss (Umetarō Katsura)
Gajirō Satō as Genkō
Hidetaka Yoshioka as Mitsuo Suwa
Asao Utada as Katsuzō Muta
Miyuki Kojima as Yukari Nomura
Haruko Mabuchi as Kinuko
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 Yuko Tanaka was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize. 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. The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Expert three and a half out of five stars.
Tora-san, the Expert was released theatrically on December 28, 1982. In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1986 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.