Marriage Counselor Tora-san

Marriage Counselor Tora-san

Theatrical poster for Marriage Counselor Tora-san (1984)
Directed by Yoji Yamada
Written by Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi
Rie Nakahara
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography Tetsuo Takaba
Editing by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date(s) August 4, 1984 (1984-08-04)
Running time 102 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Marriage Counselor Tora-san (男はつらいよ 夜霧にむせぶ寅次郎 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Yogiri ni Musebu Torajirō?) is a 1984 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Rie Nakahara as his love interest or "Madonna".[1] Marriage Counselor Tora-san is the thirty-third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.



In Shibamata, Tokyo, Tora-san's family prepares for a wedding. Meanwhile, the traveling Tora-san meets an old acqaintance in Iwate Province. Tora-san refuses to drink with him, afraid that the acquaintance, now settled and married, will again become attracted to Tora-san's wandering existence. Tora-san becomes attracted to a female barber, but must break off their relationship so that she too can live a secure life. She instead gets into an abusive relationship with a motorcyclist.[2][3]


  • Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō[4]
  • Chieko Baishō as Sakura
  • Rie Nakahara as Fūko Kogure
  • Tsunehiko Watase as Tony
  • Jun Miho as Akemi
  • Shimojo Masami as Kuruma Tatsuzō
  • Chieko Misaki as Tsune Kuruma (Torajiro's aunt)
  • Gin Maeda as Hiroshi Suwa
  • Hidetaka Yoshioka as Mitsuo Suwa
  • Hisao Dazai as Boss (Umetarō Katsura)
  • Gajirō Satō as Genkō
  • Chishū Ryū as Gozen-sama

Critical appraisal

Stuart Galbraith IV writes that Marriage Counselor Tora-san is a better entry in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, though it differs considerably from other films in the series, both formally and thematically. Tora-san's wandering life is portrayed harshly, rather than light-heartedly, and his family's stable life is shown in the more positive light. Galbraith concludes, "With its darker tone and atypical structure, Tora-san's Marriage Counselor is like a breath of fresh air following a series of recent, somewhat repetitive entries."[3] The German-language site molodezhnaja gives Marriage Counselor Tora-san three and a half out of five stars.[5]


Marriage Counselor Tora-san was released theatrically on August 4, 1984.[6] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1987 and 1996, and in DVD format in 2005 and 2008.[7]



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