Hiroshi’s mother dies and Tora-san embarrasses sister Sakura at the funeral. But Tora-san is inspired by the courage of Hiroshi’s scholarly if emotionally remote father (Takashi Shimura). Later, in this eighth installment, Tora-san helps a fatherless little boy and his pretty mother (Junko Ikeuchi) who has opened a small coffeeshop in Shibamata. —Shochiku Co., Ltd.
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