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Tora san, the Matchmaker

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Director  Yoji Yamada
Film series  Otoko wa Tsurai yo
Duration  
Language  Japanese
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Music director  Naozumi Yamamoto
Country  Japan
Tora san, the Matchmaker movie poster
Release date  August 4, 1979 (1979-08-04)
Writer  Yoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada (characters)
Cast  Kiyoshi Atsumi (Torajiro), Chieko Baishô (Sakura), Kaori Momoi (Hitomi), Akira Fuse (Kunio), Michiyo Kogure (Kuniko), Chieko Misaki (Tsune)
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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.

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Synopsis

Tora-san convinces the hesitant Hitomi to go through with her plans to marry her intended spouse.

Cast

  • 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
  • Critical appraisal

    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.

    Availability

    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.

    References

    Tora-san, the Matchmaker Wikipedia
    Tora-san, the Matchmaker IMDb Tora san, the Matchmaker themoviedb.org


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