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1970

Otoko wa tsuraiyo -Bokyo hen-

Tora-san’s Runaway

男はつらいよ―望郷篇―

Release Date
August, 26th, 1970
Running Time
88 min
Genre
Feature
Color
-
Screening Format
-

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Story ]

Tora-san (Kiyoshi Atsumi), a good-natured street vendor, dreams that his uncle (Shin Morikawa) is seriously ill and hurries back to his native town. He is shocked to find his uncle in bed with a doctor (Tatsuo Matsumoto) at his side and calls for the undertaker. In fact, the mischievous doctor had attempted to play a joke on the street vendor in conspiracy with his uncle. Tora-san is naturally furious.
Then, the news reaches him that his ex-boss (Michio Kida) is dying of sickness in Hokkaido and he hurries there. He sees the old boss, having lost all his men, alone in a pauper's hospital. He is happy to see Tora-san and tearfully asks him to search for his son, he abandoned twenty years ago.
Tora-san at last finds the son (Seiji Matsuyama) working for the National Railway, and asks him to see his dying father. Against Tora-san's expectation, however, the son coolly rejects his proposal, saying "I hate my father who left me alone for twenty long years!"
So Tora-san goes back alone to the hospital, only to find the boss dead. He now understands how miserable the rootless life of a gangster, and decides to live a steady life.
In his hometown, however, his sudden change of mind causes many mishaps among the neighbors. Finally, he finds a job with a small Tofu (bean curd) maker. While working hard, Tora-san falls in love with Setsuko (Aiko Nagayama), daughter of the proprietress. Just as his family fears, however, Tora-san must suffer a broken heart when Setsuko's true lover shows up. So Tora-san sets out again on his journey, regretting that a steady job is not for him.

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1970 13.4】

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