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It's tough being a man, as Tora-san found out repeatedly over 49 films from 1969 to 1995. Japan's longest-running film series, Otoko wa Tsurai yo started out as a television drama in 1968 before jumping to the big screen in 1969 with Yamada Yoji at the helm and Atsumi Kiyoshi in the iconic role of traveling salesman Tora-san. For the next 26 years, Tora-san would like timework grace Japan's big screens up to four times a year, continuing his unfortunate romantic adventures around the country. For the Tora-san film series' 50th anniversary, the cast and characters return in the 50th entry Tora-san, Wish You Were Here for reunions and reminiscing.

Tora-san, Wish You Were Here catches up with different beloved characters in Tora-san's orbit, including his sister Sakura (Baisho Chieko), brother-in-law Hiroshi (Maeda Gin) and nephew Mitsuo (Yoshioka Hidetaka), who has become a novelist. After a memorial service for Mitsuo's late wife, the family has a gathering and tells boisterous stories about Tora-san. On another day, Mitsuo runs into his first love Izumi (Goto Kumiko) at a bookstore signing. The two visit Tora-san's old girlfriend Lily (Asaoka Ruriko) who shares something unexpected about Tora-san's past. Atsumi Kiyoshi, who passed away in 1996, appears in the film through old footage.

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Product Title: Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 男人真命苦歡迎回來,阿寅 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕)(普通版)(日本版) 男人真命苦欢迎回来,阿寅 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕)(普通版)(日本版) 男はつらいよ お帰り 寅さん (Blu-ray)(通常版) Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: 男人之苦 - 寅次郎返嚟啦! / 男人真命苦 阿寅,你回來了 男人之苦 - 寅次郎返嚟啦! / 男人真命苦 阿寅,你回来了
Artist Name(s): Yamamoto Naozumi | Atsumi Kiyoshi | Yoshioka Hidetaka | Baisho Chieko | Goto Kumiko | Maeda Gin | Hashizume Isao | Asaoka Ruriko | Miho Jun | Natsuki Mari | Sakurada Hiyori | Yamada Yoji Yamamoto Naozumi | 渥美清 | 吉岡秀隆 | 倍賞千惠子 | 後藤久美子 | 前田吟 | 橋爪功 | 淺丘瑠璃子 | 美保純 | 夏木 Mari | 櫻田日和 | 山田洋次 Yamamoto Naozumi | 渥美清 | 吉冈秀隆 | 倍赏千惠子 | 後藤久美子 | 前田吟 | 桥爪功 | 浅丘瑠璃子 | 美保纯 | 夏木 Mari | 樱田日和 | 山田洋次 渥美清 | 山本直純 | 山本純ノ介 | アツミ キヨシ | 吉岡秀隆 | 倍賞千恵子 | 後藤久美子 | 前田吟 | ハシヅメイサオ | 浅丘ルリ子 | 美保純 | 夏木マリ | 桜田ひより | 山田洋次 Yamamoto Naozumi | Atsumi Kiyoshi | Yoshioka Hidetaka | Baisho Chieko | Goto Kumiko | Maeda Gin | Hashizume Isao | Asaoka Ruriko | Miho Jun | Natsuki Mari | Sakurada Hiyori | Yamada Yoji
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2020-07-08
Publisher Product Code: SHBR-616
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1089235855

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
渥美清 / 倍賞千恵子 / 吉岡秀隆 / 山田洋次 (監督、原作、脚本) / 山本直純 (音楽) / 山本純ノ介 (音楽)



日本が誇る大人気映画シリーズ『男はつらいよ』、最新作! スクリーンに帰ってきた寅さんが、日本中に笑顔と元気を届ける! 日本中から愛される"フーテンの寅"こと、車寅次郎を演じるのは言わずもがな、名優・渥美清。4Kデジタル修復された『男はつらいよ』のシリーズ映像と共に、ついに寅さんがスクリーンに蘇った。そして、倍賞千恵子、吉岡秀隆、前田吟、浅丘ルリ子などシリーズお馴染みのキャスト再集結が実現。さらに、後藤久美子が本作で23年ぶりの女優カムバックを果たした。映画のオープニングには桑田佳祐が登場し、主題歌「男はつらいよ」を歌い上げる。


映像特典(約3分): 予告集


16:9 シネマスコープサイズ[1080p/Hi-Def]



①(オリジナル)日本語 DTS-HD Master Audio™5.1ch
②(オリジナル)日本語 DTS-HD Master Audio™2.0ch
③バリアフリー日本語音声ガイド DTS-HD Master Audio™2.0ch
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October 29, 2020

In recent years, American film and television fans have seen reunions and reboots of beloved titles such as Full House, Will & Grace, Mary Poppins, Scooby Doo, 30 Rock and The Terminator. In Japan, television stations have also brought back old favorites with long-awaited new seasons of popular series like Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, Haken no Hinkaku, Hanzawa Naoki and even a newly cast season of Zettai Reido. Regardless of the quality of these reboots, media executives and producers still believe that nostalgia sells.

With even Godzilla getting reboots in both Japan (Shin Godzilla) and the U.S. (as part of Warner Brother's new MonsterVerse), it's no surprise that 2019 would see the reunion of another long-running Japanese film franchise. From 1969 to 1997, director Yamada Yoji wrote 49 films in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. Starring Atsumi Kiyoshi, the series follows the adventures of Tora-san, a traveling salesman, and his family and neighbors back in his home neighborhood of Shibamata.

Still the Guinness World Record holder of the longest-running film series featuring a single actor, the Otoko series presumably ended when Atsumi died of lung cancer in 1996, though the 1997 special edition of 1980's Tora-san's Tropical Fever is officially marked the 49th film of the series. But for the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Yamada reunited the surviving cast members for Tora-san: Wish You Were Here, which brings the series to a nicely rounded 50 films.

Set in present day, Wish You Were Here is a mix of "where are they now" cast reunion, clip show and heartfelt tribute to Tora-san. Yoshioka Hidetoshi, who joined the series at the age of 11 in 1981, reprises the role of Tora-san's nephew Mitsuo, whose coming-of-age made him the series' second protagonist in the later films. The story begins as Mitsuo, now a middle-aged novelist with a teenage daughter, returns to his family home in Shimabata to commemorate the seventh anniversary of his wife's death. As characters reunite, old memories resurface.

A delightful treat for longtime fans and surprisingly accessible to newcomers, Wish You Were Here strikes the perfect balance between a continuation of the Tora-san universe and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Roughly half the film is composed of recently restored clips of old Tora-san films (rumors of a computer-generated Tora-san, fortunately, turned out to be untrue), but they are cleverly used to show audiences how time has changed each character. For example, clips of young Mitsuo with his first love, Izumi, provide a contrast to middle-aged Mitsuo, now a single father devoted to raising his daughter.

Wish You Were Here is as much about remembering Atsumi and Tora-san as it is about regrets and missed opportunities. Whether it's the reappearance of one of Tora-san's "Madonnas" – failed potential romantic partners who drift in and out of Tora-san's life like Bond girls – or Izumi (Goto Kumiko), the film strikes a bittersweet tone despite also being bathed in warm nostalgia. While many recent reboots are about reviving old characters to prolong their respective franchises' shelf life, Wish You Were Here is a wistful epilogue that sets out to provide proper closure for fans without leaving newcomers behind. Any producer that is looking to reboot an old franchise should look to Wish You Were Here as the new gold standard.

by Kevin Ma

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