Tora-san, the Matchmaker

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Tora-san, the Matchmaker
Tora-san, the Matchmaker.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kaori Momoi
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 4, 1979 (1979-08-04)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san, the Matchmaker (男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Tonderu Torajirō) a.k.a. Tora-san Riding High[1] is a 1979 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kaori Momoi as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san, the Matchmaker is the twenty-third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tora-san convinces the hesitant Hitomi to go through with her plans to marry her intended spouse.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Tora-san, the Matchmaker was the third top box-office film in Japan for the year of 1979.[4] For his performances in Tora-san, the Matchmaker and the next entry in the series, Tora-san's Dream of Spring (also 1979), Kiyoshi Atsumi was nominated for Best Actor at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony. Chieko Baisho was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the same ceremony for both films also.[7]

Stuart Galbraith IV writes that one of the pleasures of Tora-san, the Matchmaker is in the performance of noted actress Michiyo Kogure in one of her last roles.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san, the Matchmaker three out of five stars.[8]


Tora-san, the Matchmaker was released theatrically on August 4, 1979.[9] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2000, 2005, and 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -TONDERU TORAJIRO". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-20.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b c Galbraith IV, Stuart (2006-05-06). "Tora-san 23: Tora-san the Matchmaker (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TONDERU TORAJIRO (1979)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Tonderu Torajirô (1979)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  8. ^ "Tora-San, the Matchmaker" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 翔んでる寅次郎(1979) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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