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Singing Lovebirds

Oshidori utagassen

Marvel at these singing samurai, from ‘the Busby Berkeley of Japan’.

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Japan 1939
Dir Masahiro Makino
With Chiezô Kataoka, Takashi Shimura, Haruyo Ichikawa, Dick Mine
English subtitles

Director Makino was considered the Busby Berkeley of Japan and in this warm-hearted musical about the tangled love lives of the samurai, the influences of Hollywood are clear. Fusing jazz numbers with traditional Japanese jruri provides a very hummable mix of east and west. Fans of Kurosawa might be surprised to see Shimura, star of Seven Samurai, in a singing role.

Robin Baker

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

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