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Director  Yoji Yamada
Initial DVD release  1998 (Japan)
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Language  Japanese
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Film series  Otoko wa Tsurai yo
Country  Japan
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Release date  December 28, 1985 (1985-12-28)
Writer  Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada
Cast  Kiyoshi Atsumi (Torajiro Kuruma), Komaki Kurihara (Machiko), Jun Miho (Akemi), Chieko Baisho (Sakura Suwa), Gin Maeda (Hiroshi)
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Tora-san's Island Encounter (男はつらいよ 柴又より愛をこめて, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Shibamata yori Ai o Komete) aka Torasan, From Shibamata with Love is a 1985 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Komaki Kurihara as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Island Encounter is the thirty-sixth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

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Synopsis

Tora-san's family's neighbor, Akemi, who had been married in Marriage Counselor Tora-san (1984), runs away from her husband, who is only interested in work. Tora-san follows her to Shikinejima, and attempts to bring her back to her home. In doing so he encounters a school-reunion group who are traveling to meet their elementary school teacher, which is a reference to the film Twenty-Four Eyes by Keisuke Kinoshita. Tora-san joins them and falls in love with the teacher.

Cast

  • Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō
  • Chieko Baisho as Sakura
  • Komaki Kurihara as Machiko
  • Jun Miho as Akemi
  • Shimojo Masami as Kuruma Tatsuzō
  • Chieko Misaki as Tsune Kuruma (Torajiro's aunt)
  • Gin Maeda as Hiroshi Suwa
  • Hidetaka Yoshioka as Mitsuo Suwa
  • Hisao Dazai as Boss (Umetarō Katsura)
  • Gajirō Satō as Genkō
  • Critical appraisal

    Nominations for Tora-san's Island Encounter at the Japan Academy Prize included Best Actor (Kiyoshi Atsumi), Best Director (Yoji Yamada), Best Music Score (Naozumi Yamamoto), Best Sound (Isao Suzuki and Takashi Matsumoto, Best Supporting Actress (Jun Miho), and Best Art Direction (Mitsuo Degawa). Stuart Galbraith IV judges the film an entertaining, but not outstanding entry in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, especially if one understands the references to Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best" stating in his 1986 review that "Yamada achieves inTora's Island Adventure evocative moments the equal of those all-too-rare features he gets to make outside his 17-year-old series." The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Island Encounter four out of five stars, naming it one of the highlights of the series.

    Availability

    Tora-san's Island Encounter was released theatrically on December 28, 1985. In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1987 and 1996, and in DVD format in 1998, 2005 and 2008.

    References

    Tora-san's Island Encounter Wikipedia
    Tora-sans Island Encounter IMDb


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