GenreComedy, Romance Music directorNaozumi Yamamoto CountryJapan
Release dateAugust 4, 1979 (1979-08-04) WriterYoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada (characters) CastKiyoshi Atsumi (Torajiro), Chieko Baishô (Sakura), Kaori Momoi (Hitomi), Akira Fuse (Kunio), Michiyo Kogure (Kuniko), Chieko Misaki (Tsune) Otoko wa Tsurai yo moviesTora-san - the Matchmaker and Talk of the Town Tora-san are part of the same movie series, Tora-san - the Matchmaker and Stage-Struck Tora-san are part of the same movie series, Tora-san - the Matchmaker and Foster Daddy - Tora! are part of the same movie series, Tora-san - the Matchmaker and Toras Tropical Fever are part of the same movie series, Tora-san - the Matchmaker and Tora-san Meets His Lordship are part of the same movie series
Tora-san, the Matchmaker(男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎,Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Tonderu Torajirō) a.k.a. Tora-san Riding High is a 1979 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kaori Momoi as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san, the Matchmaker is the twenty-third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.
Tora-san convinces the hesitant Hitomi to go through with her plans to marry her intended spouse.
Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajiro
Chieko Baisho as Sakura
Kaori Momoi as Hitomi Irie
Akira Fuse as Kunio Koyanagi
Michiyo Kogure as Kuniko Irie
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
Tatsuo Matsumura as Reikichi Matsuda
Tora-san, the Matchmaker was the third top box-office film in Japan for the year of 1979. For his performances in Tora-san, the Matchmaker and the next entry in the series, Tora-san's Dream of Spring (also 1979), Kiyoshi Atsumi was nominated for Best Actor at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony. Chieko Baisho was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the same ceremony for both films also.
Stuart Galbraith IV writes that one of the pleasures of Tora-san, the Matchmaker is in the performance of noted actress Michiyo Kogure in one of her last roles. The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Matchmaker three out of five stars.
Tora-san, the Matchmaker was released theatrically on August 4, 1979. In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2000, 2005, and 2008.