Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again (Tora-san #15)
Comedy, Family, Romance, Classic
Also known as Tora-san’s Rise and Fall (among other titles), the 15th Tora-san film is a fan favorite and the second to feature Ruriko Asaoka as Tora-san’s love interest Lily Matsuoka—the most recurring “madonna” of the long-running series who makes five total appearances, including in Tora-san, Wish You Were Here. Traveling through Hokkaido with a disgruntled salaryman seeking a lost love (Eiji Funakoshi), Tora-san runs into Lily, who has gotten divorced since they last saw each other in Tora-san’s Forget Me Not (1973) and is working as an itinerant singer. After a spat in the scenic town of Otaru, they split and meet again in Tora-san’s hometown of Shibamata, where they reconcile. With sparks reignited between the pair, will the perpetual bachelor Tora-san finally find a chance at love?
Winner, Best Actress (Ruriko Asaoka), 1976 Kinema Junpo Award
Winner, Best Actress (Ruriko Asaoka), 1976 Blue Ribbon Awards
Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Chieko Baisho), 1976 Blue Ribbon Awards