Tora-san's Grand Scheme

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Tora-san's Grand Scheme
Tora-san's Grand Scheme.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Shun'ichi Kobayashi
Written by Yoji Yamada
Akira Miyazaki
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Komaki Kurihara
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • February 27, 1970 (1970-02-27)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Grand Scheme (新・男はつらいよ, Shin Otoko wa Tsurai yo) is a 1970 Japanese comedy film directed by Shun'ichi Kobayashi. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Kuruma Torajirō (Tora-san), and Komaki Kurihara as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Tora-san's Grand Scheme is the fourth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Hoping to repay his family for the trouble he has caused them in the past, Torasan gambles and wins at the horse races. He plans to give his uncle and aunt a vacation in Hawaii, but the travel agent turns out to be a con-artist, and makes off with his money. Torasan falls in love with Haruko, a young kindergarten teacher who is renting a room in his uncle's home.[2][3][4]


Critical appraisal[edit]

The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Grand Scheme three out of five stars.[6]


Tora-san's Grand Scheme was released theatrically on February 27, 1970.[7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1989 and 1995, and in DVD format in 2000, 2005, and 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.[9]


  1. ^ "新・男はつらいよ (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. ^ 新・男はつらいよ (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  3. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (2009-12-21). "Tora-San: Collector's Set 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO SHIN OTOKO WA TSURAIYO (1970)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ 新・男はつらいよ (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Tora-San's Grand Scheme" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "新・男はつらいよ". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ 新・男はつらいよ(1970) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (2009-12-21). "Tora-San: Collector's Set 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 





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