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Shûbun (1950)

 -  Drama  -  17 July 1964 (USA)
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A paparazzi photo sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ichirô Aoye
Shirley Yamaguchi ...
Miyako Saijo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Yôko Katsuragi ...
Masako Hiruta
Noriko Sengoku ...
Sumie
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Hori
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Attorney Hiruta
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Editor Asai
Ichirô Shimizu ...
Arai
Fumiko Okamura ...
Miyako's mother
Masao Shimizu ...
Judge
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Yasu Hiruta
Sugisaku Aoyama ...
Dr. Kataoka
Kokuten Kôdô ...
Old Man A
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Old Man B
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Drunk
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Ichiro Aoye, a young painter, encounters a famous singer, Miyako Saijo, while on holiday in the mountains. He gives her a ride and coincidentally stays at the same inn. A tabloid magazine specializing in scandals blows this encounter up into a huge falsehood designed to humiliate Miyako, who has been uncooperative with the press. Ichiro sues, but his lawyer, needing money for his sick daughter's treatment, accepts a bribe to throw the case. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story for the film was inspired by real events from Japanese tabloids writing things about celebrities; specifically a famous actress. Akira Kurosawa wrote about the nameless actress in his autobiography, saying "I reacted as if the thing had been said about me" describing the tabloid as using a "weapon of publicity" against someone. See more »

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Buttons and Bows
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Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by the patrons in the bar
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A Minor Kurosawa Classic
12 June 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Frequently neglected in comparison with his earlier works, this 1950 film provides a naturalistic look at conditions in post-war

Japan and hits on themes that seem oddly contemporary: the price of celebrity and the debate over the responsibility of a free

press

All the right characters are here: a pop star, a prominent artist, a seedy attorney, an unscrupulous gossip magazine publisher and the obligatory angelic daughter with tuberculosis! ItÕs even topped off with a climactic courtroom scene.

While Toshiro Mifune is the marquee name,Takashi Shimura, as the conflicted attorney Hiruta, is the star of this moral melodrama. His performance may seem excessive to some but he gets the great self condemning line that resonates today, ÒA bad lawyer is the worst scum.Ó

One trivia note: While Mifune and Shimura are among the better known members of KurosawaÕs stable, Scandal marks the debut of another familiar face, Bokuzen Hidari, as a drunk in a hostess bar belting out Auld Lang Syne


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