Tora-san's Lovesick

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Tora-san's Lovesick
Tora-san's Lovesick.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Sayuri Yoshinaga
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 3, 1974 (1974-08-03)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Lovesick (男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Koiyatsure) a.k.a. Tora-san's Lovesickness[1] is a 1974 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Sayuri Yoshinaga as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Lovesick is the thirteenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tora-san returns home informing his family of his intention to marry. The plans are foiled when the woman's long-missing husband reappears. Later, Tora-san meets Utako from Tora-san's Dear Old Home (1972). Her husband has died, and, out of obligation, she is living with his demanding parents. Tora-san persuades her to come to Tokyo, where she meets her estranged father, an author. Torasan's romantic intentions with Utako come to nothing when she decides to devote her life to teaching mentally handicapped children.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Tora-san's Lovesick is "another fine entry in this exceptional series", which he calls "one of Japanese cinema's undiscovered treasures". He judges that the troubled relationship between Utako and her father is one of the highlights of the film. According to Galbraith, Seiji Miyaguchi—who played Kyūzō, the sword-fighting expert in Seven Samurai—gives a subtle performance, portraying the father as "intimidating yet clearly well-meaning".[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Lovesick three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Tora-san's Lovesick was released theatrically on August 3, 1974.[8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1995, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -KOI YATSURE". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2005-10-31). "Tora-san 13: Tora-san's Lovesick (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO KOI YATSURE (1974)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Tora-San's Lovesick" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋やつれ (1974) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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