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Tora-San 40 – Tora-San’s Salad-Day Memorial
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Tora-San 40 – Tora-San’s Salad-Day Memorial (1988)

Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro sarada kinenbi

100 min

Country: Japan

Director: Yôji Yamada

Actors: Chieko BaishôChieko MisakiGin MaedaHidetaka YoshiokaHiroko MitaHisao Dazai…Kiyoshi AtsumiMasami ShimojôTomoko NaraokaYoshiko Mita

Genres: Comedy, Romance

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Movie plot

The title to this Tora-san epic is remarkably similar to that of his very first (1969) film. The ever-peripatetic one-man disaster Tora-san is in great danger of marrying and settling down in this, the 40th of many Tora-san movies. In the story, our hapless traveling salesman meets an old woman who is beset by many ailments. The old lady is being treated by an attractive woman doctor, whom Tora-san quickly falls in love with. For a while, he bedevils his family (and the doctor) by inventing illnesses which need to be checked out by the her, but finally the two of them meet on a human level and it looks as though romance, and even marriage, may be in the air. Tora-san narrowly averts the calamity of marriage by the end of the film, and takes up his sample case once again, still free to wreak his special kind of havoc on the world around him.

Yoshiko Mita was nominated for Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize for her role in Tora-san’s Salad-Day Memorial.The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Tora-san’s Salad-Day Memorial four out of four stars, labelling it one of the highlights of the series.

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