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Scandal (1950)

Shûbun (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.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Ichirô Aoye
Shirley Yamaguchi ... Miyako Saijo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Yôko Katsuragi Yôko Katsuragi ... Masako Hiruta
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Sumie
Eitarô Ozawa 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 Masao Shimizu ... Judge
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Yasu Hiruta
Sugisaku Aoyama Sugisaku Aoyama ... Dr. Kataoka
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Man A
Kichijirô Ueda ... Old Man B
Bokuzen Hidari ... Drunk
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Judge: One of you, read the oath and swear to it. Come, come, read the oath.
[One of the old men comes forward]
Old Man A: What's an oath?
Judge: A promise to answer all questions honestly.
Old Man A: Just a minute! I ain't never told a lie in my life!
[the court bursts out laughing]
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Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Sung at the Christmas gathering
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A Minor Kurosawa Classic
12 June 2002 | by PolitiComSee 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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