Tora-san Meets His Lordship

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Tora-san Meets His Lordship
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kyōko Maya
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Edited by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August 6, 1977 (1977-08-06)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tora-san Meets His Lordship (男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様?, Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō to Tonosama) a.k.a. Tora-san and a Lord[1] is a 1977 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kyōko Maya as his love interest or "Madonna".[2] Tora-san Meets His Lordship is the nineteenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.


Tora-san returns to his family home in Shibamata, Tokyo, but soon leaves again due to squabbles involving a dog they have named Tora-san. During his travels in Shikoku, Tora-san makes the acquaintance of a descendant of a local daimyō. The old man asks Tora-san to find his son's widow in Tokyo, whom he had previously alienated.[3][4][5]


Critical appraisal[edit]

Tora-san Meets His Lordship was the ninth top money-maker at the Japanese box-office in 1977.[4] Kiyoshi Atsumi and Chieko Baisho were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for their roles in Tora-san Meets His Lordship and other films in which they had appeared in 1977.[7] Stuart Galbraith IV writes that the film, though not as popular as its predecessor Tora's Pure Love, is a strong entry in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, funny and with an exceptionally good supporting cast.[4] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san Meets His Lordship three and a half out of five stars.[8]


Tora-san Meets His Lordship was released theatrically on August 6, 1977.[9] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAIYO -TORAJIRO TO TONOSAMA". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  2. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様 (Madonna)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help) (official site)
  3. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様 (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b c Galbraith IV, Stuart (2006-03-02). "Tora-san 19: Tora-san meets His Lordship (Region 3)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  5. ^ "OTOKO WA TSURAI YO TORAJIRO TO TONOSAMA (1977)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô to tonosama (1977)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Tora-San Meets His Lordship" (in German). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様". Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ 男はつらいよ 寅次郎と殿様(1977) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-18.  External link in |publisher= (help)





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