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Program Title: Torajiro komoriuta [Torajiro's Lullaby]
EASC Code: JO-06
Series Title: Otoko wa tsurai yo [Being a Man Isn't Easy]
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
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Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Tora-san, for those of who have been paying too much attention to Zen and Kabuki to learn about popular Japanese culture, is the incorrigible star of the world's longest running movie series, "Otoko wa tsurai yo." In every episode, the itinerant salesman Kuruma Torajiro (Atsumi Kiyoshi), after making a mess of things at his sister Sakura's sweet shop in Tokyo's shitamachi, travels to different areas of Japan and falls in platonic but unrequited love with a local girl, a role that has been played by some of Japan's biggest actresses.

Director Yamada Yoji's skillful mix of humor and pathos, as well as reassuring predictability, has struck a chord with many Japanese, who have supported the series since its inception in 1969."

Data Entry Date: 2/14/2000