Tora-san's Forbidden Love

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Tora-san's Forbidden Love
Tora-san's Forbidden Love.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Reiko Ōhara
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 28, 1984 (1984-12-28)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Forbidden Love (男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Shinjitsu Ichiro?) is a 1984 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Reiko Ōhara as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Tora-san's Forbidden Love is the thirty-fourth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


In the midst of Japan's rising economy of the mid-1980s, the itinerant Tora-san becomes drunk with a hard-working company section chief. After an hour commute, the two sleep off their night's revelry at the section chief's home in Ibaraki Prefecture. When the section chief disappears due to the pressure of his job, Tora-san helps his wife to find the man, while secretly hoping they do not, as he has fallen in love with her.[2][3]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Director Yoji Yamada was nominated for the Golden Prize at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.[5] At the Japan Academy Prize long-time Otoko wa Tsurai yo composer, Naozumi Yamamoto was nominated for Best Music Score for his work in this film.[6] Stuart Galbraith IV rates the film no better than average for the series, but still recommends it highly due to the series' high standards. He notes that it benefits from an opening dream-sequence satire of kaiju eiga, or monster films, with footage from Shochiku's entry in this genre, The X from Outer Space, employed. This was meant to reference Godzilla's return from retirement in The Return of Godzilla (1984), which had been released just before the Tora-san film.[3] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film was a "little slow in getting to its wrap-up, but it's the kind of honestly sentimental film that leaves you feeling better when the lights go up than when they went down."[7] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Forbidden Love three and a half out of five stars.[8]


Tora-san's Forbidden Love was released theatrically on December 28, 1984.[9] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1987 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2002 and 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2007-02-08). "Tora-san 34: Tora-san's Forbidden Love (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ "14th Moscow International Film Festival (1985)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô shinjitsu ichiro (1984)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Kevin (May 11, 1985). "Movie Review : Feckless Tora Falls In Love For 36th Time". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tora-San's Forbidden Love" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎真実一路 (1984) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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