Way back, while my grandmother was ill with cancer, one thing made her happy. It was seeing Torasan. There were 48 movies in all, titled, Otoko Wa Tsurai Yo, starring the same dude over a long period of time – until the actor passed away. The films are retro and feel good. They came out twice a year. The still I shot is called “Torasan meets the Songstress, Again”. It was number 15, and it showed at the Hawaii Film Fest. If you get a chance, I’d jump at seeing them and you’re in luck since they’re playing in NYC.

Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again
Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
Episode 15 / 1975

Tora-san Goes Religious?
Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Episode 32 / 1983

Tora-san’s Love Call
Friday, January 23 at 7:30 pm
Episode 8 / 1971

Tora-san’s Dear Old Home
Friday, February 13 at 7:30 pm
Episode 9 / 1972

Tora-san’s Dream Come True
Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
Episode 10 / 1972

Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
Episode 29 / 1982

Tora-san, My Uncle
Friday, May 22 at 7:30 pm
Episode 42 / 1989

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