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The meaning of Tora-san

More than five decades on, unique Japanese film series remains relevant

Film nostalgia at the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum. (All photos by Stephen Mansfield)

A remarkable series of films about a very ordinary Japanese salesman, "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" ("It's Tough Being a Man"), is unique in holding the world record for the longest running movie series, a total of 48 films, starring the same actor.

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