Tora-san, the Go-Between

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Tora-san, the Go-Between
Tora-san, the Go-Between.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kanako Higuchi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 3, 1985 (1985-08-03)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san, the Go-Between (男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Ren'aijuku) is a 1985 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kanako Higuchi as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Tora-san, the Go-Between is the thirty-fifth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


In Nagasaki, Tora-san and an acquaintance help an old woman who has fallen and injured herself. She invites them to her home where the three share a night of eating and drinking. The old woman's health deteriorates and she dies. At her funeral, Tora-san falls in love with the old woman's daughter, but winds up acting as a go-between for her and a young law student.[2][3]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Series composer Naozumi Yamamoto was nominated for Best Music Score at the Japan Academy Prize for his work on Tora-san, the Go-Between.[5] Though commenting that the film opens with an especially funny dream-sequence satirizing The Ballad of Narayama Stuart Galbraith IV judges this film to be one of the weaker of the series. It treads no new ground for the series, instead putting Tora-san in situations in which he had been before.[3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Go-Between three and a half out of five stars.[6]


Tora-san, the Go-Between was released theatrically on August 3, 1985.[7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1987 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2000, 2005, and 2008.[8]


  1. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  2. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Galbraith IV, Stuart (2007-10-20). "Tora-san 35: Tora-san's The Go Between (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  4. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô ren'ai juku (1985)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Tora-San's The Go-Between" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎恋愛塾 (1985) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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