Torakku Yarō

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Torakku Yarō (トラック野郎?) is a series of ten Japanese comedy-action films produced by Toei and released from 1975 to 1979. All ten films in the series were directed by Noribumi Suzuki and starred Bunta Sugawara as Momojiro Hoshi ("Ichibanboshi" or "first star") and Kinya Aikawa as Kinzo Matsushita, also known as "Jonathan". The title Torakku Yaro means "truck guys" or "truck rascals", and the films involve two truckers and their various escapades as they travel around Japan in highly decorated trucks.

The plot formula is similar to the Otoko wa Tsurai yo films. Each time Momojiro falls in love with a woman (the "Madonna") and then ends up having to help her romance with another man. The stories end with Momojiro having to race his truck to meet a deadline to rejoin the couple.

Regulars[edit]

Momojiro Hoshi, nicknamed "Ichibanboshi", played by Bunta Sugawara.

Kinzo Matsushita, nicknamed "Yamome no Jonathan", played by Kinya Aikawa.

Kimie Matsushita, played by Masumi Harukawa, the wife of Kinzo Matsushita.

Films[edit]

No. Subtitle Date Female lead
("Madonna")
Other cast
1 Go-iken Muyō 1975 Yutaka Nakajima Rikiya Yasuoka, Ryudo Uzaki and the Down Town Boogie Woogie Band
2 Bakusō Ichibanboshi 1975 Shizue Abe
3 Bōkyō Ichibanboshi 1976 Yoko Shimada
4 Tenka Gomen 1976 Kaoru Yumi
5 Dokyō Ichibanboshi 1977 Nagisa Katahira
6 Otoko Ippiki Momojirō 1977 Masako Natsume Yoshi Katō, Masaaki Sakai, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kentaro Shimizu
7 Totsugeki Ichibanboshi 1978 Mieko Harada
8 Ichibanboshi Kita e Kaeru 1978 Naoko Otani
9 Neppū 5000 Kiro 1979 Miyuki Ono
10 Furusato Tokkyūbin 1979 Sayuri Ishikawa, Aiko Morishita

Theme music[edit]

All the films have the same theme song, Ichibanboshi Blues by Ryudo Uzaki and Yoko Aki performed by the Down Town Boogie Woogie Band.

References[edit]

  • Suzuki, Noribumi; Yasuo Miyazaki; Shin Ogawa (2010). Eiga torakku yarō daizenshū: Nihon saigo no anākī puroguramu pikuchā no densetsu. Tokyo: Yōsensha. ISBN 978-4-86248-468-0.