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Born in Osaka in 1931. After graduating from University of Tokyo in 1954, Yamada joined Shochiku as an assistant director. He made his film debut with A Stranger Upstairs in 1961, and directed the first film of the widely beloved “Tora-san” series in 1969. His works include Where Spring Comes Late (1970), The Yellow Handkerchief (1977), A Class to Remember (1993), The Twilight Samurai (2002), and What a Wonderful Family! (2016). He was presented with the Order of Culture in 2012.


Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp (Tora-san #1)
1h 31m Comedy, Family 1969
Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again (Tora-san #15)
1h 32m Comedy, Family 1975
Tora-san, My Uncle (Tora-san #42)
1h 48m Comedy, Family 1989
Tora-san, Wish You Were Here
1h 55m Drama, Family 2019

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