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still from Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Yoji Yamada, JP 2019)

Tora-san, Wish You Were Here

Yoji Yamada / JP, 2019 / 116 min.

Charming homage to Tora-san, Japan’s most popular film character and also the title of Shochiku’s long-running film series. Closing film of the film programme focussing on this renowned production house.

poster Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Yoji Yamada, JP 2019)
In 1969, Yamada Yōji released the first of his films featuring his hot-headed antihero Kuruma Torajirō, or Tora-san for short: a kind-hearted type from Tokyo’s Katsushika district, which as the series progresses becomes the showcase for middle-class Japan – an old-fashioned world of decency and straightforwardness in which liberals and conservatives struck an almost impossible balance.

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Director

Yoji Yamada

Production year

2019

Country

JP

Original title

Otoko wa tsurai yo 50: Okaeri Tora-san

Length

116 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Shochiku 100

Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.

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still from Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Yoji Yamada, JP 2019)
still from Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Yoji Yamada, JP 2019)