Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san

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Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Ayumi Ishida
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 7, 1982 (1982-08-07)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san (男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Ajisai no Koi?) is a 1982 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ayumi Ishida as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san is the twenty-ninth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


During his travels, Tora-san gets drunk with an old man in Kyoto. Though Tora-san never fully comprehends his importance, the old man is a Living National Treasure ceramist. At his home, Tora-san makes a good impression on the old man's maid, who apparently falls in love with Tora-san.[2][3][4]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Ayumi Ishida was nominated for Best Actress, and Akira Emoto for Best Supporting Actor at the Japan Academy Prize for their roles in Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san. Long-time composer for the series, Naozumi Yamamoto, was nominated for Best Music Score. Enomoto won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Blue Ribbon Awards.[6] Stuart Galbraith IV writes that the film "is no better than average for this series, but then again this series' average is awfully high." He notes that this is the first episode in the series in which Tora-san's nephew Mitsuo plays a significant role in the plot.[3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san was released theatrically on August 7, 1982.[8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1986 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2002 and 2008.[9]



  1. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). www.tora-san.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2006-09-02). "Tora-san 29: Hearts and Flowers For Tora-san (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO AJISAI NO KOI (1982)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro ajisai no koi (1982)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Hearts and Flowers for Tora-San" (in German). www.molodezhnaja.ch. Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎あじさいの恋 (1982) (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 



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