Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial

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Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial
Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Yoshiko Mita
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 24, 1988 (1988-12-24)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial (男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Sarada Kinenbi?) is a 1988 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Yoshiko Mita as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial is the fortieth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. The title comes from Machi Tawara poetry collection Salad Anniversary, on which this movie was based.


In his travels through Japan, Tora-san meets and falls in love with a female doctor, however he is afraid of committing to a relationship.[2][3]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Yoshiko Mita was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize for her role in Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial.[5] Kevin Thomas at the Los Angeles Times wrote in his positive review that [6] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial four out of five stars, labeling it one of the highlights of the series.[7]


Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial was released theatrically on December 24, 1988.[8] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1989 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[9]


  1. ^ "S男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-01.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO SARADA KINENBI (1988)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro sarada kinenbi (1988)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Kevin (March 31, 1989). "Movie Reviews : An Endearing Story of Wanderlust in 'Tora-san'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tora-San's Salad-Day Memorial" (in German). Retrieved 2010-02-01.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-02-01.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎サラダ記念日 (1988) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-01.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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