Tora-san, the Intellectual

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Tora-san, the Intellectual
Tora-san, the Intellectual.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Fumie Kashiyama
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • December 27, 1975 (1975-12-27)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san, the Intellectual (男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Katsushika Risshihen) aka Tora-san Meets a Lady Scholar[1] is a 1975 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Fumie Kashiyama as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san, the Intellectual is the sixteenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tora-san returns to his family's shop in Shibamata, Tokyo to find himself accused of being the father of a 17-year-old girl. It turns out that Tora-san had only given help to the girl's mother after her husband had left her. Tora-san becomes infatuated with the female archeology student who is staying with his family, and attempts to take up intellectual pursuits to get near her.[3][4]


Critical appraisal[edit]

A 1977 review in The New York Times judged Tora-san, the Intellectual to be "genuinely warm and charming". The review commented that Yoji Yamada's script was "convoluted" and the directing "uneven", but that "Mr. Yamada is decidedly professional in shaping a colorful and briskly moving story," and that the film as a whole "project[s] contemporary Japanese family life and ties realistically and affectionately."[3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Intellectual three and a half out of five stars.[6]


Tora-san, the Intellectual was released theatrically on December 27, 1975.[7] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[8] The film played for two days in New York in 1977 during which time it received a review in The New York Times.[3]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -KATSUSHIKA RISSHI-HEN". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ a b c Weiler, A.H. (1977-04-27). "Film: Japanese Suds". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ 男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ 男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Tora-San, the Intellectual" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ 男はつらいよ 葛飾立志篇 (1975) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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