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Singing Lovebirds (1939)
"Oshidori utagassen" (original title)

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Chiezo Kataoka ...
Reisaburo Asai
Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Soshichi Kagawaya
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Kyosai Shimura
Mitsuru Toyama ...
Man-emon Toyama
Kajô Onoe ...
Roku-be of Dogu-ya (antique dealer)
Hidemichi Ishikawa ...
Matsusuke Matsuda
Eizaburo Kusunoki ...
Sugiura
Ryutaro Chikamatsu ...
Hinokiyama
Matsunosuke Fukui ...
Takebayashi
Minoru Fujisaki ...
Yanagawa
Shirô Osaki ...
Tsubaki
Mitsuo Kobayashi ...
Sankichi
Heizaburo Fujimura ...
Young master of charcoal shop
Daihachiro Takebayashi ...
Young master of grocer
Junosuke Arashi ...
Young master of liquor shop
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jidai geki | samurai

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14 December 1939 (Japan)  »

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Oshidori utagassen  »

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How lovely singing is!
11 April 1999 | by (Lancaster, UK) – See all my reviews

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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