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Special Program for Kiyoshi Atsumi - Another Face of Kiyoshi Atsumi

23rd November 2008(Sun.)Open: 18:00 Start: 18:30 Kigeki Kyuko Ressha
24th November 2008(Mon. Holiday)Open: 9:30  Start: 10:00 Kigeki Otoko ha Aikyo
24th November 2008(Mon. Holiday)Open: 12:30 Start: 13:00 Haikei Tenno Heikasama
Asakusa Chuei Theater

A talk show will be held before the screening of Kigeki Kyuko Ressha on 23rd with Mr. Akira Hayasaka (script writer familiar with the late Atsumi during his Asakusa France-za period) as the guest and Mr. Shinichi Koizumi (Asahi Shinbun journalist) as the host.

©Toei Co., Ltd.

The true figure of the comedy actor Kiyoshi Atsumi will be revealed!

This year 2008 is the 80th anniversary of the birth of Kiyoshi Atsumi, and the 13th year after his death. In fact, Atsumi acted in a number of comedy films before he became "Tora san." However, Atsumi rejected many offers to appear in other films after the start of the Otoko ha Tsurai yo series as he wanted to protect the image the fans of "Tora san" held of him. In this special program, we feature the actor Kiyoshi Atsumi - a skilled genius of comedy more than just a national icon, "Tora san."

Films
Kigeki Kyuko Ressha
1967/Japan/90 min./TOEI COMPANY, LTD.

With a caring, gentle soul, a train conductor Goichi Aoki puts his profession before anything. Goichi has a wife and many kids, but one day bumps into the lady whom he used to adore in an express train bound for Nagasaki. An overnight express train ride depicting the lives of those onboard, with premature love not quite certain which way it will lead.

Director:Masaharu Segawa
Cast:Kiyoshi Atsumi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Kou Nishimura

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©Toei Co., Ltd.

Kigeki Otoko ha Aikyo
1970/Japan/73 min./ SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.

Childhood friend Tamio struggles to set his neighbor Haruko straight after she returns from a juvenile detention center, but does not know what more to do when his attempts fail until his older brother Goro comes back from deep-sea fishing. A dynamic comedy made possible by the excellent teamwork of the director Azuma Morisaki and the lead actor Kiyoshi Atsumi.

Director: Azuma Morisaki
Cast:Kiyoshi Atsumi, Mitsuko Baisho, Akira Terao

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©1970 SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.

Haikei Tenno Heikasama
1963/Japan/99 min./SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.

For Shosuke Yamada, his army life is like in that in paradise where he was fed and paid. When a rumor reaches his ears that the war is nearing an end, Shosuke writes a letter to His Majesty the Emperor in the hopes of remaining in the army, but…A heart-grabbing comedy film depicting the life of the soldiers, in particular of a simple man who only had a pure respect and love for His Majesty.

Director:Yoshitaro Nomura
Cast:Kiyoshi Atsumi, Hiroyuki Nagato, Yukiko Hidari

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©1963 SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.

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