From 1969-97, director Yoji Yamada oversaw the production of 49 films starring comedian Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajiro “Tora-san” Kuruma, an itinerant peddler from Shibamata in Tokyo with a brash no-nonsense attitude and infectious grin. Twenty-two years later, on the 50th anniversary of the first Tora-san film, Yamada presents the 50th and final entry in his beloved film series. Interspersing footage from the previous films (beautifully restored from 4K scans), Tora-san, Wish You Were Here continues the story by centering on Tora-san’s nephew Mitsuo (Hidetaka Yoshioka)—now a middle-aged single father and successful novelist—and reintroducing Mitsuo’s teen sweetheart Izumi (Kumiko Goto). A heartwarming and nostalgic film about family and the passage of time that is sure to produce new Tora-san fans and elate longtime devotees of the series.
Follow up your viewing of Tora-san, Wish You Were Here with a selection of newly restored Tora-san titles in our Classics section, including the iconic first film from 1969 and two films that are especially significant to the new film.
“An obvious local crowd-pleaser whose heartfelt charm will impress even those film lovers who haven’t grown up with the franchise.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“The highlights from the series’ glorious past are full of an energy, warmth and laughter seldom found in Japanese films today. ‘Tora-san, Wish You Were Here’—indeed.” —Japan Times
Available streaming territory: U.S. only
in Japanese with English subtitles