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Tora-san, the Good Samaritan

男はつらいよ―奮闘篇

1971

Otoko wa tsuraiyo -Funto hen-

Release Date : April, 28th, 1971
Running Time : 92 min
Genre : Feature

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[ Directed by ] YAMADA Yoji

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SHOCHIKU

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Story ]

No matter how hard things are, hope springs eternal in heart of Tora-san (Kiyoshi Atsumi) in the bleak north, a travelling salesman who sells cheap things on the streets.
At a station, Tora-san sees boys and girls, who have been mass-employed, awaiting a train to Tokyo. This turns his thoughts to his own folks in Shibamata, Katsushika, Tokyo. He becomes unbearably homesick and takes the next train for home.
When Tora-san returns, his uncle (Shin Morikawa) is imitating one of his pompous homecomings. It is all in good fun and his uncle loves him, but flying into a rage, Tara-san hotly declares he will never come home again, ever!
Sakura (Chieko Baisho), his only sister, soothes his ruffled pride. They go to see Okiku (Chocho Miyako), his mother, but to her disappointment, Tora-san has not changed at all for the better. She tells him he should be glad to marry any girl.
As if in answer to his mother's words, Tara-san finds Hanako (Rumi Sakakibara), who is a bit mentally retarded and was one of the girls who had been sent to Tokyo had not been able to keep up with of her friends.
To aid her and to keep an eye on her, Tara-san has her help his aunt and uncle in their shop but he is jealous if men even try to speak to her. This worries Sakura and her aunt and uncle, so when her teacher comes for her, they send her home while Tora-san is away.
Tora-san is broken-hearted leaves. Soon after, Sakura receives a card from him saying he has nothing now to live for and wishes her all happiness is a last farewell. So fearing he may commit suicide, Sakura goes north in search of him, but...

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1971 14.4】

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