Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy

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Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy
Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Produced by Kiyoshi Shimizu
Shigehiro Nakagawa
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Etsuko Shihomi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 20, 1986 (1986-12-20)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy (男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Shiawase no Aoi Tori) aka Tora-san, Bluebird of Happiness[1] is a 1986 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Etsuko Shihomi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy is the thirty-seventh entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


During his travels, Tora-san comes across a traditional theater he used to visit, and discovers that one of his old friends has died. Tora-san and his family help the friend's daughter, who becomes romantically involved with an aspiring artist.[3][4]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Stuart Galbraith IV judges this to be one of the weaker entries in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, but still recommended. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the film is that the co-star, Etsuko Shihomi, was the star of the Sister Street Fighter series. It was on the set of Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy that she met Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, whom she married the following year.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy three and a half out of five stars.[6]


Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy was released theatrically on December 20, 1986.[7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1988 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[8]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -SHIAWASE NO AOITORI". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2007-02-16). "Tora-san 37: Tora-san's Bluebird Fantasy (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Tora-San's Bluebird Fantasy" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ 男はつらいよ 幸福の青い鳥 (1986) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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