Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset

Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Yūyake Koyake) a.k.a. Torasan and the Painter and Tora-san's Sunset Glow[1] is a 1976 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kiwako Taichi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset is the seventeenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset
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Theatrical poster
Directed byYoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
StarringKiyoshi Atsumi
Kiwako Taichi
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • July 24, 1976 (1976-07-24)
Running time
109 minutes


During his travels, Tora-san meets Ikenouchi, a drunken old man whom he assumes is poor and homeless. Tora-san takes the old man home. When he wakes up, Ikenouchi begins ordering Tora-san's family around in such an authoritarian manner that no one can muster the courage to suggest he leave. On the road again, Tora-san meets Botan, a geisha who has lost her life savings to a dishonest customer. He and his family's neighbor are determined to help her out. It later turns out that Ikenouchi is a famous artist and a drawing he has made for Tora-san is worth ¥70,000.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisalEdit

Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset was the third top Japanese box-office winner of 1976.[4] The Japanese academic film journal Kinema Junpo named it the second best Japanese release of the year.[4] For her role in the film Kiwako Taichi was named Best Supporting Actress at both the Hochi Film Awards and the Kinema Junpo Awards ceremonies.[4][7]

Stuart Galbraith IV judges Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset to be one of the best of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, singling out the performances of guest stars Kiwako Taichi and Jūkichi Uno.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset three and a half out of five stars.[8]


Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset was released theatrically on July 24, 1976.[9] In Japan, the film was released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 1997 and 2008.[10]


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  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18. (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e Galbraith IV, Stuart (2005-12-12). "Tora-san 17: Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO YUYAKE KOYAKE (1976)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  7. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yuuyake koyake (1976)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  8. ^ "Tora-San's Sunrise and Sunset" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (1976) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.





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