Kawano Shuko and the staff of Tokyo’s Union Theatre have come to Matsuo Village in Iwate Province hoping to join hands with the local youth association to put on a musical. Instead of making profits, the theatre aims only at sharing a joyful night with the youngsters in the village. However, the huge costs of the operation draw opposition from the youth association, save for its president, Sato Takashi. Takashi and Shuko decide that they must overcome the financial obstacles and go on the show. —Panorama
Yōji Yamada (山田 洋次, Yamada Yōji?, born September 13, 1931 in Toyonaka City, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese film director best known for his Otoko wa Tsurai yo series of films.
He was born in Osaka. But because of the work of his father, who was an engineer for the South Manchuria Railway, from the age of 2 he was brought up in Manchuria. Following the end of World War II, he came back to Japan and subsequently he lived in Yamagata Prefecture.
After receiving his degree from Tokyo University in 1954, he entered Shochiku and worked under Yoshitaro Nomura as a scriptwriter or as an assistant director.
He has won many awards throughout his lengthy career and is well-respected in Japan and by critics throughout the world. He wrote his first screenplay in 1958, and directed his first movie in 1961. Yamada continues to make movies to this day.
He is a guest professor of Ritsumeikan University. —wikipedia