Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset

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Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset
Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kiwako Taichi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • July 24, 1976 (1976-07-24)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Yūyake Koyake?) a.k.a. Torasan and the Painter and Tora-san's Sunset Glow[1] is a 1976 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kiwako Taichi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset is the seventeenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


During his travels, Tora-san meets Ikenouchi, a drunken old man whom he assumes is poor and homeless. Tora-san takes the old man home. When he wakes up, Ikenouchi begins ordering Tora-san's family around in such an authoritarian manner that no one can muster the courage to suggest he leave. On the road again, Tora-san meets Botan, a geisha who has lost her life savings to a dishonest customer. He and his family's neighbor are determined to help her out. It later turns out that Ikenouchi is a famous artist and a drawing he has made for Tora-san is worth ¥70,000.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset was the third top Japanese box-office winner of 1976.[4] The Japanese academic film journal Kinema Junpo named it the second best Japanese release of the year.[4] For her role in the film Kiwako Taichi was named Best Supporting Actress at both the Hochi Film Awards and the Kinema Junpo Awards ceremonies.[4][7]

Stuart Galbraith IV judges Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset to be one of the best of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, singling out the performances of guest stars Kiwako Taichi and Jūkichi Uno.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset three and a half out of five stars.[8]


Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset was released theatrically on July 24, 1976.[9] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 1997 and 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -TORAJIRO YUYAKE KOYAKE". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Galbraith IV, Stuart (2005-12-12). "Tora-san 17: Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO YUYAKE KOYAKE (1976)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yuuyake koyake (1976)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Tora-San's Sunrise and Sunset" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け (1976) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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