Category: Shochiku

A Year of Tora-san: 2, The Family

The second Tora-san film, in English is titled Tora-san’s Cherished Mother and in Japanese 続 男はつらいよ (Zoku: Otoko wa Tsurai yo: It’s Tough Being a Man Continues). The film revolves around two stories. One, Tora-san’s relationship with his former elementary school teacher and his daughter and the other around his relationship with his real mother. Though the former relationships are interesting (and… Read more →

Some Thoughts on Tora-san and Tora-san 50

A few days ago Sankei Shinbun published an article by Katsuro Fujii of their culture desk with his notes and thoughts from the announcement of the new Tora-san movie in Tokyo on September 6th. Th announcement was part of a wider presentation of what Shochiku is doing for the 50th anniversary of the Tora-san series, which is coming up next… Read more →

Tora-san 50th Anniversary Events!

Many big events are happening next year in Japan. The Rugby World Cup. A new emperor will be enthroned. Preparations will also be in full gear for the 2020 Olympics. 2019, however, also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Tora-san movie! Shochiku’s Tora-san 50th anniversary website went live today. Here is a summary of what was announced today. 1)… Read more →