Museum for Tora-san director Yamada opens

Kyodo

A museum dedicated to leading film director Yoji Yamada, known for his hit series “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo” (“It’s Tough Being a Man”), opened Saturday in Tokyo, showcasing his half century of achievement.

The museum was built next to the Tora-san Museum within Katsushika Ward’s culture center in Shibamata, the hometown of the bumbling hero of the long-running series, also called Tora-san.

The character was portrayed by the late Kiyoshi Atsumi.

The museum covers the 81-year-old Yamada’s career in chronological order, starting with his 1961 debut film “Nikai no Tanin” (“Strangers Upstairs”) and ending with “Tokyo Kazoku” (“Tokyo Family”), slated for release in January.