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Audio: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Format: DVD-5 x 4
Region: 1 - North America
Rating: 13+
Run Time: 365 min
Released: 1969-1970
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Extras: Collector's Booklet, Audio Commentary by film historian Stuart Galbraith IV, Image Gallery, Program Notes, Cast&Crew Bios, Interactive Maps, Theatrical Trailers
Director(s): Azuma MORISAKI, Shunichi KOBAYASHI, Yoji YAMADA
Author(s): Akira MIYAZAKI, Azuma MORISAKI, Shunichi KOBAYASHI, Yoji YAMADA
Starring: Chieko BAISHO, Kiyoshi ATSUMI, Shin MORIKAWA
© 1969-70 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

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Japan's most beloved loser visits America!

Featuring ATSUMI Kiyoshi as the lovable loser KURUMA Torajiro, the 48-film Tora-san series holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running film series starring the same actor. In a typical story-line from the series, Tora-san visits a different part of Japan where he meets a beautiful young woman, and tells her if she ever needs help, she should come visit him in his small hometown of Shibamata. After returning home to his sister Sakura and his disapproving relatives, the damsel in distress shows up, and Tora-san falls in love. Alas, his attempts to help her, and win her heart, invariably cause her to fall for someone else! 

Included in the set are the first four films of the series, “It's Tough being a Man”, “Tora-san's Cherished Mother”, “Tora-san, His Tender Love”, and “Tora-san's Grand Scheme”. 

  • Tora-san (Otoko Wa Tsuraiyo) is Japan’s classic 48-film comedy series starring the most famous traveling salesman in movie history.

  • Made from 1969-1995, Tora-san holds the Guinness World Record® for longest running film series starring the same actor in the title role.

  • Tora-san is considered to be a national treasure in Japan.

  • Loaded with extras including: 28-page booklet filled with series information, Interactive Maps, Audio Commentary, Director’s Reflections, and more!

"Mr. Atsumi’s Tora-san is the man who upholds tradition by living outside of it, who celebrates home by remaining homeless" -- Dave Kehr, The New York Times

"AnimEigo has gone the extra mile improving the translations even more, offering optional annotations and to help viewers understand some of the humor" -- Scifi Japan

"Tora-San: Collector's Set 1 is a fantastic package, shining a spotlight on movies that we've been missing out on here in North America. Go get it!" -- DVD Talk

"The Tora-San series is meant to continue, and AnimEigo's Tora-San: Collector's Set 1 gives it an excellent launch" -- DVD Savant

"AnimEigo's exceptional presentation transforms these light breezy films into a detailed reference guide for a bygone era of Japanese cinema and culture" -- Twitch Film

"It is with the 'Tora-San' films that one can identify Yamada honing his craft" -- Coffee, Coffee...

"And yet ... everything turns out all right when he’s around, and the outsized personality, impulsive generosity and wide grin that Atsumi brings to the role makes it easy to forgive [Tora-san's] faults" -- Sean Axemaker

"The performance by Kiyoshi Atsumi is fantastic and has been compared to Charlie Chaplin" -- Cinegeek

"My advice to anyone who digs Japanese film is to go pick up this box set" -- AsiaShock

"In a society that largely stresses proper, polite, and understated behavior, Tora was the nail that sticks out" -- Shogun-ki

"Animeigo takes treasures like the 'Tora san' series that have been neglected and unavailable to Western audiences for decades and releases them with the pomp and circumstances they deserve" -- Japan Reviewed

"One of the most interesting releases of the year for anyone interested in Japanese films and Japanese culture..." -- ICv2

"...there are treasures, great and small, about which we Westerners are pretty clueless. Among these are the 48 Tora-san movies..."-- DVD Beaver

"Best DVD of 2009" -- LardBiscuit

"TORA-SAN is sad, funny and downright heartwarming at times and you’ll find yourself missing him immediately after you finish each film" -- Film Fanaddict

"...a series that transcends society and touches us all right where it hurts the worst, in the mirror" -- Anime Radius

"After viewing all 4 films I now wish I could view all 48..." -- SoReelFlix