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Singing Lovebirds (1939)

Oshidori utagassen (original title)
Oharu is in love with a ronin who lives next door. A mistake puts Oharu's father deeply in debt to the local lord and he is confronted with having to sell Oharu in order to pay it off.


Masahiro Makino


Koji Edogawa




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


Oharu is in love with ronin who lives next door, but he is being pursued by two of the town beauties. To make things even more difficult for Oharu, her father is obsessed with antiques, buying them even though he has little money and even when most of them eventually turn out to be fakes. A mistake, however, puts him deeply in debt to the local lord and he is confronted with having to sell Oharu in order to pay it off.

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Comedy | Musical


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How lovely singing is!
11 April 1999 | by ken kanazawaSee 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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Release Date:

14 December 1939 (Japan) See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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1.37 : 1
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