Foster Daddy, Tora!

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Foster Daddy, Tora!
Foster Daddy, Tora!.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Ran Itō
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
December 27, 1980
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Foster Daddy, Tora! (男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Kamome Uta?) aka Torasan's Song of the Seagull[1] is a 1980 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ran Itō as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Foster Daddy, Tora! is the twenty-sixth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tor-san takes care of the teenage daughter of a friend after he dies. He takes the girl to Tokyo where she wishes to study, and becomes worried over her romantic life.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Kiyoshi Atsumi was nominated for the Best Actor prize at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for his roles in Foster Daddy, Tora! and the following entry in the series, Tora-san's Love in Osaka (1981).[7] Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Foster Daddy, Tora! is one of the top films in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, and "like the best entries, both funny and sweet".[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Foster Daddy, Tora! three and a half out of five stars.[8]


Foster Daddy, Tora! was released theatrically on December 27, 1980.[9] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 1999, 2002, and 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -TORAJIRO KAMONE UTA". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2006-08-18). "Tora-san 26: Tora-san's Foster Daddy (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO KAMOMEUTA (1980)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kamome uta (1980)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Tora-San's Foster Daddy, 1980" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎かもめ歌 (1980) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21. 





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