He has won many awards throughout his lengthy career and is well-respected in Japan and by critics throughout the world. His wrote his first screenplay in 1958, and directed his first movie in 1961. Yamada continues to make movies to this day.
Known in Japan under the title Otoko wa tsurai yo (男はつらいよ, "It's tough being a man"), his Tora-san series features traveling merchant Torajirō, who is always unlucky in love. Since the lead role in every Tora-san movie was played by Kiyoshi Atsumi, his death in 1996 put an end to the series and Yamada moved on to other movies. Although Yamada is known for his long-running series of movies--4 films in the A Class to Remember (学校 Gakkō) series, 13 in the Free and Easy (釣りバカ日誌 Tsuribaka Nisshi) series--none have reached the prolific numbers of the Tora-san series. Over a period of about 25 years 48 Tora-san films were made, all of them starring Atsumi, and the majority written and directed by Yamada.
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