Tora-san's Promise

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Tora-san's Promise
Tora-san's Promise.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Mikiko Otonashi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 28, 1981 (1981-12-28)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Promise (男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Kamifūsen?) aka Torasan and a Paper Balloon[1] is a 1981 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Mikiko Otonashi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Promise is the twenty-eighth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tora-san returns to his family's home to attend an elementary school class reunion. After he embarrasses himself by getting drunk and insulting all his ex-classmates, he resumes his travels. In Kyushu he meets an outspoken 18-year-old girl who becomes enamored of Tora-san and follows him around. One of Tora-san's old friends is terminally ill and makes Tora-san promise him to marry his wife once he is gone.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Tora-san's Promise is a middle-quality entry in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, though the series has a high standard.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Promise three and a half out of five stars.[7]


Tora-san's Promise was released theatrically on December 28, 1981.[8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1986 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2002 and 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -TORAJIRO KAMIFUSEN". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2007-04-03). "Tora-san 28: Tora-san's Promise (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO KAMIFUSEN (1981)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Tora-San's Promise" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎紙風船 (1981) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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