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Scandal (1950)

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


Akira Kurosawa




Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Ichirô Aoye
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Miyako Saijo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Yôko Katsuragi ... Masako Hiruta
Noriko Sengoku ... Sumie
Eitarô Ozawa ... Hori
Takashi Shimura ... Otokichi Hiruta
Shin'ichi Himori ... Editor Asai
Ichirô Shimizu Ichirô Shimizu ... Arai
Fumiko Okamura 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


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 character Hiruta was, as Kurosawa later recollected, based on a man he met in a bar in the early 1940's who had very similar characteristics and personal issues. See more »


Ichirô Aoye: Let me be honest. I won't through clichés at a child as special as you. I already know that your father is deceiving me. But it's not because he's a bad person. He's just weak.
[His voice chokes as he says]
Ichirô Aoye: He won't go through with it. I have faith in him. You must, too. I swear I won't let your father go through with it. Otherwise I'd never have hired him. It's all right. Don't worry.
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Auld Lang Syne
Played by the band and sung by the patrons in the bar
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Skillful fulfillment of mundane story
28 November 1999 | by moveebobSee all my reviews

It is wonderful to see how a skilled director like Akira Kurosawa can create a masterwork from mundane material. This one is a simple court case over a "Scandal" involving Toshiro Mifune and a famous singer. A sandal sheet magazine publishes a photo claiming them as lovers ... they are not, and sue the magazine. The resulting court trial is the bulk of the film. Their sleazy lawyer played by Takashai Shimura is a delightful, complicated character. Completely absorbing.

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17 July 1964 (USA) See more »

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