With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, April 16, 2009

ACF 273: Hearts and Flowers for Tora-San

Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
Episode 29 - Otoko wa Tsuraiyo: Torajiro Ajisaino koi
Directed by Yoji Yamada

With Kiyoshi Atsumi, Chieko Baisho and Ayumi Ishida

Japan, 982, 110 min., 35 mm, color

This month's installment in Japan Society's Monthly Classics series Best of Tora-san will be shown tomorrow, Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:30 PM at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017 (between 1st and 2nd Avenues). I've watched this episode on a DVD screener and found it to be as enjoyable as others I've seen, which is to say very enjoyable. Tora-san is an innocent, frank and forthright character, simple and child-like in so many ways. You can't help but loving him, even when his behavior is unpleasant.

Synopsis:After a debaucherous evening in Kyoto with Kano, an elegant older man, Tora-san wakes up in Kano's home oblivious to the fact that he is the National Living Treasure of ceramics. Tora-san falls in love with his maid Kagari and follows her to her coastal hometown when she moves out after being abandoned by the man she was set to marry.

Buy tickets online for Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san, or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 6 pm, Weekends 11 am - 5 pm.

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