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Oshidori utagassen (1939)

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, ... See full summary »

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Masahiro Makino

Writer:

Koji Edogawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiezô Kataoka Chiezô Kataoka ... Reisaburo Asai
Ryôsuke Kagawa 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
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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 December 1939 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Singing Lovebirds See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the most delightful Japanese films ever made.
16 August 2000 | by Jiro-2See all my reviews

One of the most delightful Japanese films ever made. Yes, the Japanese do make musicals--in fact, quite a lot of them--but most are "kayo eiga" which have only a few inserted songs instead of whole musical numbers that interrupt or at time advance the plot. Oshidori utagassen (roughly translated as "Song Competition Between Lovebirds" (or mandarin ducks, if you are being literal)) is more like a "pure" American musical even though it is set in medieval times. It reveals the influence both of 1930s PCL/Toho musicals like Horoyoi jinsei (1933), based in the contemporary stage revues, and the "bright" jidaigeki of Chiezo Productions. But it also evinces the genius of Makino Masahiro, one of Japan's great directors, who, like Okamoto Kihachi after him, always had a superb flair for tempo and rhythm (witness his brilliant Awa no odoriko (1941) and the end to Ketto Takadanobaba (1937)--less a sword fight than a dance number!). A must-see, and not just for the sight of Shimura Takashi singing! But also check out the other great musicals: the Tanuki goten films, Sannin musume series, the Group Sounds movies, and one of my favorites: Kimi mo shusse ga dekiru (1964).


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