Tora-san Loves an Artist

Tora-san Loves an Artist (男はつらいよ 私の寅さん, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Watashi no Tora-san) aka Tora-san Goes French[1] is a 1973 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Keiko Kishi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san Loves an Artist is the twelfth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

Tora-san Loves an Artist
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Theatrical poster
Directed byYoji Yamada
Written byYoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
StarringKiyoshi Atsumi
Keiko Kishi
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
CinematographyTetsuo Takaba
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • December 16, 1973 (1973-12-16)
Running time
107 minutes


Tora-san watches the family shop while the rest of his family takes a vacation to Kyushu. An old friend introduces Tora-san to his sister Ritsuko, and he promptly falls in love with her. She is an artist and has no time for Tora-san.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisalEdit

Stuart Galbraith IV calls Tora-san Loves an Artist a "solid" entry in the series, which is "alternately sweet and touching, funny and biting."[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san Loves an Artist three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Tora-san Loves an Artist was released theatrically on December 16, 1973.[8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1995, and in DVD format in 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -WATASHI NO TORAJIRO". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 私の寅さん (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18. External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 私の寅さん (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2006-02-05). "Tora-san 12: Tora-san Loves an Artist (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO WATASHI NO TORA-SAN (1973)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 私の寅さん (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  7. ^ "Tora-San Loves an Artist" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18. External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 私の寅さん". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 私の寅さん(1973) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.





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