Come and enjoy the spectacular World of Japanese Cinema at The Japan Foundation, New Delhi.


Theme of the Month : “Fishing for Fun in this Japanese Comedy Series”


Color / Scope / 1991 / 96 min. / Shochiku


Director               : Kuriyama Tomio

Script                  : Yamada Yoji

                             Horimoto Taku

Photography         : Yasuda Kosuke

Editing                 : Tsuruta Masukazu

Art Direction         : Shigeta Shigemori

Music                   : Nakanishi Toshihiro

Based on a comic by: Yamasaki Juzo

                              Kitami Kenichi

Production            : Naito Makoto

Producers             : Sejima Mitsuo

                              Nakagawa Shigehiro




Hamasaki Densuke (Hama-chan)      : Nishida Toshiyuki

Suzuki Ichinosuke (Su-san)              : Mikuni Rentaro

Michiko, Hama-chan’s wife               : Ishida Eri

Yukiko                                            : Satsuki Midori

Sasaki, section chief                        : Tani Kei

Akiyama, managing director              : Kato Takeshi

Hisae, Su-san’s wife                         : Tan’ami Yatsuko

Kei, a female employee                    : Togawa Jun

Matsuzo, landlord of the inn              : Hanazawa Tokue


Setting: Present day Tokyo and a town on the Izu Peninsula


Suzuki and Hamasaki are best fishing friends, and even though Suzuki, the old man, is actually the

president of the company, they affectionately call each other “Su-san” and “Hama-chan,” keeping their

relationship secret from employees of the company. They work at a construction company, and for

Hama-chan nothing is more important than fishing — even promotions. Hama-chan and his wife,

Michiko, have been tormented over the fact that they are unable to have a child. As usual, Su-san calls

Hama-chan to lure him on a weekend fishing trip. Hama-chan says: “Let’s go to Hoshigaura on the Izu

Peninsula and do some flounder fishing.” Su-san is surprised at hearing this, for he holds strong

memories of the time he spent half a-year there in the military.

This is only the first surprise. Upon their arrival in Hoshigaura, they happen to go fishing together

with a beautiful lady; Yukiko, who turns out to be the daughter of Su-san’s old girlfriend during his stay

in Hoshigaura during the war. Yukiko informs him that her mother recently passed away. Sad and

shocked, Su-san presents her with money to erect a grave stone after returning home. After thinking

through this situation, Hama-chan thinks to himself, “I bet Yukiko is his secret daughter!”

About this time, a protest movement against the planned Hoshigaura Resort had just begun and

Yukiko and Hama-chan participate in the protests. In fact, Hama-chan’s company is the

development’s planner, although after a while Su-san decides to quit this particular project. Despite

being an employee of the development company, Hama-chan supported the movement, and the

bosses of Hama-chan suspend him from work for two weeks for violating company rules. All the same,

Hama-chan looks forward to fishing for two weeks with Su-san. On the boat, Hama-chan calls

Michiko at the hospital by Su-san’s portable telephone, expecting to hear that they have a baby…



This is the third outing for this crazy pair of fishermen. Co-written by Yamada Yoji, this film was

released at about the same time as the 43rd Tora-san, as were the former two outings. The original

comic has been serialized in a semi-monthly magazine and became very popular. The hero, Hama-

chan, is an employee of the company; however he is crazy about fishing and goes beyond the ordinary

business relationship in the company. While the subplot seems a bit idealistic in the context of

Japan’s scandal-ridden, no-holds-barred business climate, the movie’s melodrama sets the tone. Like

most of the other films Yamada has been involved in, this story has a profound faith in the warm

friendship between people and is sure to please. The success of this second sequel promises that, like

Tora-san before it, there are many more to come.