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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Yamada Yoji

YAMADA Yôji (1931, Japan) is a Japanese film director most known for his Tora-san series consisting of 48 films shot over 25 years, making it the longest theatrical film series. Yamada made his directorial debut in 1961, and has since won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture four times, and has been nominated for dozens of other awards and honours at festivals worldwide. In 2019, more than two decades later, Yamada returned to the series with Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019).

Filmography

Nikai no tanin/The Strangers Upstairs (1961), Shitamachi no taiyô/The Sunshine Girl (1963), Iikagen baka (1964), Baka ga tanku de yatte kuru/The Fool Arrives with a Tank (1964), Baka marudashi (1964), Kiri no hata (1965), Un ga yoke rya (1966), Kigeki: Ippatsu shôbu (1967), Kyuchan no dekkai yume (1967), Ai no Sanka (1967), Fukeba tobuyona otokodaga (1968), Ippatsu daiboken (1968), Kigeki ippatsu dai hisshou (1969), Otoko wa tsurai yo/Am I Trying (1969), Zoku otoko wa tsurai yo/Tora-San’s Cherished Mother (1969), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boukyou hen/Tora-san’s Runaway (1970), Kazoku/Where Spring Comes Late (1970), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Junjô hen/Tora-san’s Shattered Romance (1971), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Funto hen/Tora-san, the Good Samaritan (1971), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro koiuta/Tora-san’s Love Call (1971), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shibamata bojo/Tora-san’s Dear Old Home (1972), Furusato/Home from the Sea (1972), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yumemakura/Tora-san’s Dream-Come-True (1972), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wasurenagusa/Tora-san’s Forget Me Not (1973), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Watashi no tora-san/Tora-san Loves an Artist (1973), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro koiyatsure/Tora-san’s Lovesick (1974), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro komoriuta/Tora-san’s Lullaby (1974), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro aiaigasa/Tora-san’s Rise and Fall (1975), Harakara/The Village (1975), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Katsushika risshi hen/Tora-san, the Intellectual (1975), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yuuyake koyake/Tora-san’s Sunrise and Sunset (1976), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô junjô shishû/Tora’s Pure Love (1976), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô to tonosama/Tora-san Meets His Lordship (1977), Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi/The Yellow Handkerchief (1977), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro gambare! (1977), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wagamichi wo yuku/Stage-struck Tora-san (1978), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Uwasa no Torajirô/Talk of the Town Tora-san (1978), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Tonderu Torajirô/Tora-san, the Matchmaker (1979), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô haru no yume/Tora-san’s Dream of Spring (1979), Haruka naru yama no yobigoe/A Distant Cry from Spring (1980), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haibisukasu no hana/Tora-san’s Tropical Fever (1980), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kamome uta (1980), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Naniwa no koi no Torajirô/Tora-san’s Love in Osaka (1981), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kamifusen/Tora-san’s Promise (1981), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro ajisai no koi/Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san (1982), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Hana mo arashi mo Torajirô/Tora-san, the Expert (1982), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Tabi to onna to Torajirô/Tora-san’s Song of Love (1983), Natsukashii furaibo (1983), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Kuchibue wo fuku Torajirô/Tora-san Goes Religious? (1983), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Yogiri ni musebu torajiro/Marriage Counselor Tora-san (1984), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô shinjitsu ichiro/Tora-san’s Forbidden Love (1984), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajirô ren’ai juku/Tora-san, the Go-between (1985), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shibamata yori ai wo komete/Tora-san’s Island Encounter (1985), Kinema no tenchi/Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies (1986), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shiawase no aoi tori (1986), Tora-san Goes North (1987), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro monogatari/Tora-san Plays Daddy (1987), Dauntaun hirozu/Hope and Pain (1988), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro sarada kinenbi/Tora-san’s Salad-Day Memorial (1988), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kokoro no tabiji (1989), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boku no ojisan (1989), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kyuujitsu/Tora-san Takes a Vacation (1990), Musuko (1991), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kokuhaku/Tora-san Confesses (1991), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no seishun/Tora-San Makes Excuses (1992), Gakko/A Class to Remember (1993), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no endan (1993), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Haikei, Kuruma Torajiro sama (1994), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kurenai no hana (1995), Gakko II (1996), Niji o tsukamu otoko (1996), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haibisukasu no hana tokubetsu-hen (1997), Niji o tsukamu otoko: Nangoku funto-hen (1997), Gakko III (1998), 15-Sai: Gakko IV/A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen (2000), Tasogare Seibei/The Twilight Samurai (2002), Kakushi ken oni no tsume/The Hidden Blade (2004), Bushi no ichibun/Love and Honour (2006), Kâbê/Kabei: Our Mother (2008), Shinema kabuki: Renjishi (2008), Shinema kabuki: Rakuda (2008), Otôto/About Her Brother (2010), Kyoto uzumasa monogatari/Kyoto Story (2010), Tôkyô kazoku/Tokyo Family (2013), Chiisai ouchi/The Little House (2014), Haha to kuraseba/Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015), Kazoku wa tsuraiyo/What a Wonderful Family! (2016), Kazoku wa tsuraiyo 2/What a Wonderful Family (2017), Tsuma yo bara no yô ni: Kazoku wa tsuraiyo III/What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life (2018), Otoko wa tsurai yo 50: Okaeri Tora-san/Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019).

More info: Wikipedia, Yamada Yoji

Yamada Yoji at IFFR

  • Tora-san, Wish You Were Here

    Bittersweet tribute to Japan’s biggest post-war comedy-cinema phenomenon and a reflection on times lost, loves regained and laughs remembered.

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