It's Tough Being a Man

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It's Tough Being a Man
It's Tough Being a Man.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Azuma Morisaki
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 27, 1969 (1969-08-27)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

It's Tough Being a Man (男はつらいよ, Otoko wa tsurai yo?) aka Am I Trying and Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp[1] is a 1969 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Kiyoshi Atsumi. It is the first entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

Synopsis[edit]

Torajiro Kuruma (Kiyoshi Atsumi), returns for the first time in 20 years to the neighborhood where he was born, Shibamata in Katsushika, Tokyo, He comes back in the middle of Taishakuten temple's Koshin Shinko Festival. After jumping into the festival procession, he has a teary reunion with his uncle (Shin Morikawa), aunt (Chieko Misaki), and his sister Sakura (Chieko Baisho). The next day, he joins his sister at her at a matchmaking meeting with the son of a company president. Tora's boorish and drunken behavior at the meeting ruins Sakura's chances of marriage. After getting into a huge fight with his uncle over his behavior at the meeting, he leaves home and heads to Nara. While there, he meets and falls in love with a young woman named Fuyuko. They return to Shibamata together and spend time together as if they were couple. At the same time, Sakura meets a print shop worker, Hiroshi (Gin Maeda). While Sakura and Hiroshi get married, Tora's relationship with Fuyuko is fleeting, as she is engaged to another man. Broken-hearted, Torajiro leaves after writing a letter of advice for Fuyuko, asking her to help take care of his sister and her new baby.[2][3][4]

Cast[edit]

Critical appraisal[edit]

The Mainichi Film Awards and the Kinema Junpo Awards chose Kiyoshi Atsumi as the Best Actor for his role in It's Tough Being a Man, and Yoji Yamada was given the Best Director prize at the Mainichi Film Awards.[6] The Japanese academic film magazine Kinema Junpo gives It's Tough Being a Man a rating of five out of five stars.[2]

Availability[edit]

It's Tough Being a Man was released theatrically on August 27, 1969.[7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1995 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2008.[8] AnimEigo released the film on DVD in the US along with the other first four films in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series on November 24, 2009.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b 男はつらいよ (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  3. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO (1969)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b Rich, Jamie S. (2009-12-21). "Tora-San: Collector's Set 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo (1969)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ 男はつらいよ (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  8. ^ 男はつらいよ(1969) (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 

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