Legendary Japanese film Tora-san on TV

Legendary Japanese film Tora-san on TV

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Entertainment Desk

The Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh, the Japan Foundation and the International Television Channel Ltd. are pleased to announce that an all-time Japanese box-office hit Tora-san’s Many Splendored Love will be aired on NTV at 8:45 am on February 18 followed by another film of the same series.

Humanistic yet humorous, this film brings both laughter and tears, features unsuccessful love and family drama of a peddler, Tora-san (starring Kiyoshi Atsumi) who often goes on trips and suddenly pops up home in downtown Tokyo. The life and sentiment of characters depicted in the film made it a long running hit since its first screening in 1969, spanning 48 episodes till 1995 and a special episode in 1997.

NTV, in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, will air three selected Tora-san films dubbed in Bengali language for the first time in Bangladesh to introduce various aspects of Japan as well as familiarise Bangladeshi viewers with Japanese culture and faces. Tora-san’s Sunrise and Sunset was aired back in September 2016. The screening information for Tora-san Goes North will be informed later on the website of NTV and the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh in March 2017.

Tora-san meets the beautiful Fumi Hamada (Keiko Matsuzaka) when she pays a visit to a grave on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. Later, when Fumi is working as a geisha in Osaka, she reunites with Tora-san at the famed Ishikiri Shrine.

On a date at the Hozanji Temple on Mt Ikoma, Fumi tells Tora-san of the little brother she was separated from at an early age. Tora-san urges Fumi to seek him out and together they track him down, only to find out that he has died.

Tora-san gently consoles poor Fumi but he is put off by her obvious love for him. He returns to Shibamata leaving Fumi behind.

Tora-san has never really liked Osaka, the national rival to his hometown of Tokyo, but with Fumi, he really enjoyed himself and the city. Fumi never really had a family life and she appreciates the pure-hearted Tora-san’s kindness.

Their snappy conversations are vivid and hilarious, perfectly capturing the atmosphere and banter of Osaka. The casting for this film is one of the best in the series. The talented actor Gannosuke Ashiya plays the owner of a cheap hotel and famous comedic duo Terue and Hanae Shoji, play a senior geisha to Fumi.

One of director Yamada’s favorite actors, Hidetaka Yoshioka, assumes the long-running role of Tora-san’s nephew, Mitsuo, as of this film.

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