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Kiyoshi Atsumi

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Although almost unknown outside his native Japan, comic actor Kiyoshi Atsumi played the country's most beloved character, Tora-jiro Kuruma (more familiarly known as Tora-san), in what the Guiness Book of Records has noted as the world's longest-running film series in which the same actor played the title role. At the height of Atsumi's popularity, one critic claimed that the actor's face "is known better than the emperor himself." Atsumi learned to act on-stage during the 1950s. The wandering peddler Tora-san was created by Atsumi and director Yoji Yamada for a 1968 television series. Instead they made him a movie star for Shochiku Studios in 1969 with Otoko wa Tsuraiy (It's Hard Being a Man) (1969). The series ran until 1995 and all but six episodes were ranked as the most popular and lucrative Japanese films of the year. Though Atsumi was not a handsome man -- many wags find the urge to compare his face and body with a potato -- his rebellious, free-spirited ways with the ladies and his sly tendency to satirize uptight "face-saving" with his audaciously irresponsible manner, provided many salarymen and women with delightful alter egos. Atsumi passed away from lung cancer on August 4, 1996. Atsumi was 68.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Uwasa no Torajirô (Talk of the Town Tora-san)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Haikei, Kuruma Torajiro sama
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Tokijiro Of Kutsukake - Lone Yakuza
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no endan (Tora-san's Matchmaker)
  • Torajiro
1993
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kokuhaku (Tora-san Confesses)
  • Torajiro
1992
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kyuujitsu (Tora-san Takes a Vacation)
  • Torajiro
1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shiretoko bojo (Tora-san Goes North) (It's Tough to Be a Man: Shiretako Longing)
  • Tora-san
1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boku no ojisan (Tora-san, My Uncle)
  • Torajiro
1990
No Score Yet Tora-san Takes a Vacation (Otoko wa tsuraiyo - Torajiro no kyujitsu)
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro monogatari (Tora-san Plays Daddy)
  • Torajiro
1987
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shibamata yori ai wo komete (Tora-san's Island Encounter)
  • Tora-san
1985
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro shinjitsu ichiro (Tora-san's Forbidden Love)
  • Tora-jiro
1985
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Hana mo arashi mo Torajiro (Tora-san, the Expert)
  • Tora-san
1982
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro ajisai no koi (Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san)
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Naniwa no koino torajiro (Tora-san's Love in Osaka)
  • Torajiro
1981
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haibisukasu no hana (Tora-san's Tropical Fever)
  • Torajiro
1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haru no yume (Tora-san's Dream of Spring)
  • Tora-san
1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Tonderu torajiro (Tora-san, the Matchmaker)
  • Tora-san
1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro to tonosama (Tora-san Meets His Lordship)
  • Tora-san
1978
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wagamichi wo yuku (Stage-struck Tora-san)
  • Tora-san
1978
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro gambare! (Tora-san Plays Cupid)
  • Tora-san
1977
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro aiaigasa (Tora-san's Rise and Fall)
  • Tora-san
1977
No Score Yet Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (Am I Trying) (It's Tough Being a Man) (Tora-san Our Lovable Tramp)
  • Torajiro
1974
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yumemakura (Tora-san's Dream-Come-True)
  • Tora-san
1972
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boukyou hen (Tora-san's Runaway)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Tora-san's Grand Scheme
  • Torajiro
1970
No Score Yet Tora-san, His Tender Love
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man) (Am I Trying)
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Tora-san's Cherished Mother
  • Torajin
1969
No Score Yet The Man Without a Map (Moetsukita chizu)
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kurenai no hana
  • Actor

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