Tora-san's Cherished Mother (1969)





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Tora-san returns in this the sequel to Otokowa Tsuraiyo. Once again the film's gruff but kind-hearted protagonist ventures to the far reaches of Japan. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Kiyoshi Atsumi
as Torajin
Orie Sato
as Natsuko
Eijirô Tono
as Sampo Tsubouchi
Tsutomu Yamazaki
as Dr. Fujimura
Chieko Baisho
as Sakura
Chishu Ryu
as Priest
Gin Maeda
as Hiroshi
Shin Morikawa
as Tatsuzo
Chieko Misaki
as Tsune Torajiro's Aunt
Hisao Dazai
as Umetaro Hiroshi's Boss
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Wonderful sentimental comedy It's good to see that the Tora-san series, which claims to be the longest running film series ever and has been wildly popular in its native Japan, has finally become available in North America with this AnimEigo box set of the first four films of the series, "It's Tough being a Man", "Tora-san's Cherished Mother", "Tora-san, His Tender Love", and "Tora-san's Grand Scheme". . The films might be described as formulaic sentimental comedies: in every episode the bumbling anti-hero Tora-san, a traveling salesman who supplements his income with occasional con games, visits his relatives in Tokyo, meets a damsel in distress whom he helps and falls in love with, and ends up not getting the girl and taking to the road again. But the formula doesn't become tedious -- these are the sorts of films where part of the attraction is seeing how they are going to handle the formula this time. The box set is excellent, with an informative booklet, excellent DVD transfer, and a choice of basic subtitles or fuller ones including some notes to explain things non-Japanese viewers probably wouldn't get. Not great art, but very entertaining. Suitable for family viewing, except maybe for occasional profanity. I think everyone would enjoy these, especially people who have any interest in contemporary Japan. It's to be hoped that AAnimEigo will continue issuing the series in this format.

Jon Corelis
Jon Corelis

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