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Shûbun (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  17 July 1964 (USA)
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A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shirley Yamaguchi ...
Miyako Saijo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Yôko Katsuragi ...
Masako Hiruta
Noriko Sengoku ...
Sumie
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Hori
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Otokichi 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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Famous singer Miyako Saijo, who is publicity shy, and motorbiking artist Ichirô Aoye, who has minor celebrity, meet by chance in Kappazawa while Ichirô is on a painting expedition, and Miyako is on a retreat. As she has missed her bus to Kaminoyu and as Ichirô is heading there anyway, he offers her a ride to the resort where both of them are staying and which is largely empty as it is the off season. As he visits her in her room solely as a measure of friendship and camaraderie, they are unaware that a paparazzo working for scandal sheet Amour has taken a photograph of the two of them together on her balcony. Hori, Amour's publisher, decides to print the photograph along with an accompanying salacious story on what could have happened based on the photograph, but which is a total fabrication. Hori has done such before with other celebrities, never having been sued as he believes his subjects either like the publicity or are too busy or scared to take action. A libel suit he feels will... Written by Huggo

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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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Silent Night, Holy Night
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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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