Tora-san, the Expert

Tora-san, the Expert (男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Hana mo Arashi mo Torajirō) is a 1982 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Yūko Tanaka as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Tora-san, the Expert is the thirtieth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. This became the first Tora-san film to be released on DVD with English subtitles in 16:9 ratio when the Hong Kong label Panorama did so in 2006.[2]

Tora-san, the Expert
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Theatrical poster
Directed byYoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
StarringKiyoshi Atsumi
Yūko Tanaka
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • December 28, 1982 (1982-12-28)
Running time
106 minutes


Tora-san gets into an argument with his uncle and sets out on the road again. In Kyushu he meets a young woman named Keiko and the shy zoologist Saburō, and attempts to play matchmaker between the two when they all return to Tokyo.[2][3][4]


Critical appraisalEdit

Kiyoshi Atsumi, the star of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series won the Best Actor prize at the Blue Ribbon Awards for his role in Tora-san, the Expert. Co-star Yūko Tanaka was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize.[2][6] The casting of Kenji Sawada, then one of Japan's most flamboyant rock stars, as the painfully shy Saburo, also drew attention.

Stuart Galbraith IV judges this film to be one of the best in the series, helped by Tanaka's outstanding performance.[2] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Expert three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Tora-san, the Expert was released theatrically on December 28, 1982.[8] In Japan, the film was released on videotape in 1986 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21. (official site)
  2. ^ a b c d Galbraith IV, Stuart (2007-01-01). "Tora-san 30: Tora-san, the Expert (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  4. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO HANA MO ARASHI MO TORAJIRO (1982)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  6. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Hana mo arashi mo Torajirô (1982)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  7. ^ "Tora-San, the Expert" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎 (1982) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21.





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