|Tora-san #5: Tora-san's Runaway|
Director: Yoji Yamada
Starring: Kiyoshi Atsumi, Baisho Chieko, Gin Maeda, Masami Shimojo, Chieko Misaki
Otoko wa Tsurai yo ("It's tough being a man") is a Japanese film series starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as "Tora-san", a kind-hearted vagabond who is always unlucky in love. The series itself is often referred to as "Tora-san" by its fans. Spanning 48 installments released between 1969 and 1995. The film series ended after Atsumi's declining health and death from lung cancer at age 68 without Tora-san ever settling down and finding domestic happiness. Atsumi was so identified with the Tora-san character that his death was also considered by fans to be the death of Tora-san. Director Yamada decided not to continue the series after Atsumi's death.
Tora-San, an eccentric and resourceful tramp, is always cheerful. Although he is an orphan, he decides to go back home after a long absence. He thus sees again his sister Sakura Suwa, who has bloomed into a pretty young lady. After a while, Tora-San agrees to go with her to an interview with the family of one of her suitors. But that is without counting Tora-San's terrible clumsiness. His cheeky humor, for instance, is not fully appreciated by the family. The wedding is canceled and Tora-San takes the road again....
1970 Color Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) 95 min.
Japanese with Removable English Subtitles