In fact I hated musical. It's unnatural that actors should suddenly begin to sing, isn't it? I was really stupefied, however, when I saw this film for the first time. 69 minutes are filled with pleasure! I thought Japanese couldn't make musicals, for their behavior is utterly different from that of Western people. Should they be able to imitate Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire to the life it would make nothing but ugliness.
This musical is truly based on Japanese behavior. The actors don't dance ostentatiously nor do they make excessive smile. They are just natural. Actually their singing is unskilled but it doesn't undermine its excellence. It seems that they are sincerely happy to sing (Dick Mine's stupid lord, Takeshi Shimura's antique crazy, Chiezo Kataoka's easygoing hero... all are terrific). I don't know any other movie than this which makes me so happy. Seeing this musical we can realize how delightful singing is. Stunning Movie!
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