Tora-san's Shattered Romance

Tora-san's Shattered Romance (男はつらいよ 純情篇, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Junjō hen) aka Tora-san in Love[1] is a 1971 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ayako Wakao as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Shattered Romance is the sixth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

Tora-san's Shattered Romance
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Theatrical poster
Directed byYoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Akira Miyazaki
StarringKiyoshi Atsumi
Ayako Wakao
Chieko Baisho
Chishū Ryū
Hisaya Morishige
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • January 15, 1971 (1971-01-15)
Running time
90 minutes


A girl who has escaped from an institution falls in love with Tora-san. He decides to marry her, but his family and the girl's teacher break up the romance.[3][4]


Critical appraisalEdit

For his work on Tora-san's Shattered Romance as well as the next two entries in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, Tora-san, the Good Samaritan and Tora-san's Love Call (all 1971), Yoji Yamada tied for Best Director at the Mainichi Film Awards with Masahiro Shinoda.[6] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Shattered Romance three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Tora-san's Shattered Romance was released theatrically on January 15, 1971.[8] In Japan, the film was released on videotape in 1983 and 1995, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -JUNJO HEN". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 純情篇 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18. (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 純情篇 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  4. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO JUNJO-HEN (1971)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ 純情篇 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  6. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Funto hen (1971)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  7. ^ "Tora-San's Shattered Romance" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 純情篇". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 純情篇(1971) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.





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