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Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp (Tora-san #1)

1h 31m Comedy, Family, Romance, Classic 1969

The first and perhaps most iconic entry in the long-running Tora-san film series directed by Yoji Yamada, newly restored from a 4K scan on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. After a 20-year absence, traveling salesman Torajiro “Tora-san” Kuruma (Kiyoshi Atsumi) returns to his hometown of Shibamata in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo—a group of neighborhoods distinguished by its no-nonsense working class—and the family-run dango (rice dumpling confection) shop run by his aunt and uncle. After reuniting with his younger sister Sakura (Chieko Baisho), Tora-san bumbles his way into her romantic life to ruin one marriage proposal and broker another with Hiroshi, a factory worker next door (Gin Maeda).

  • Winner, Best Actor (Kiyoshi Atsumi), 1970 Kinema Junpo Award

Available streaming territory: U.S. only

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Yoji Yamada


in Japanese with English subtitles



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