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Scandal - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku, Eitarô Ozawa
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima
  • Producers: Sôjirô Motoki, Takashi Koide
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A3OOPY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Akira Kurosawa's Scandal — as relevant now as when made — is a pointed attack on the rising power of the press and their practices in the newly-Americanised postwar Japan of 1950. Kurosawa was outraged by the gutter press' actions, where "personal privacy is never respected", and by how the public's voyeuristic tendency to delve deeper into the lives of celebrities only encouraged this disrespect. Stirred to broaden his film's scope, Kurosawa made the film a study of personal honour, one which highlights the need for ordinary individuals to speak out against injustice and corruption.

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On holiday in the snow-covered mountains, young painter Ichiro Aoye (Toshiro Mifune) has a chance meeting with the popular singer Miyako Saijo (Shirley Yamaguchi). After giving her a ride back to the hotel where they are both staying, Ichiro is photographed with Miyako by paparazzi. A magazine creates an exposé of their 'secret romance' based around this photograph, and the brooding Ichiro ignites a bitter and dirty libel case in order to restore their honour. Scandal stars many great Japanese actors of the time including Noriko Sengoku (Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai) and Takashi Shimura (Ikiru, Seven Samurai), who delivers one of his finest performances as the defence lawyer emotionally torn between right and wrong. Kurosawa's film stands as a fascinating one-man blast against the origins of press intrusion. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Scandal for the first time on home video in the UK.

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Scandal was described by Kurosawa himself as a protest film about "the rise of the press in Japan and its habitual confusion of freedom with license."

Well the film certainly starts of by going with that idea. The main story centers around an artist played by Toshiro Mifune and a picture that is taken of him with a famous singer. They are pictured together by two members of the press who spin it into a big story about how they are romantically involved. Mifune's reaction is to start a propaganda war at first and then later try to sue the magazine for damages. The film goes along at a very quick pace dealing with all this whilst showing us the view from the magazine who printed the story. Even though the film was made in 1950 so is now 62 years old, its depiction of the press and in particular the type of magazine's who make their money from gossip is very similar to what you would expect today.

The film take's a dramatic shift in its focus however when the legal proceedings have been started and Mifune is approached by a lawyer played by Takashi Simura. He wants to represent him and tells him all about how strongly he feels about freedom of the press, the story then follow's him and we get to see what kind of man he is. To say much more would be to spoil the journey that he goes through but it is fascinating and Shimura is fantastic to watch. I honestly think this is one of his very best performances, right up there with Ikiru. The reason I was so surprised by this is that all the descriptions of the film I had read prior to seeing it payed little attention to his character. His story is by far the best part of the film and is worth seeing for him alone.
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Early in his career Kurosawa made some good films but unfortunatly this is not one of them. Although it has many virtues - camera work, acting, topicality - it is defeated by a clunking and predicatable script.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morality Play Predictable and Well-Presented 22 Sept. 2008
By Randy Keehn - Published on Amazon.com
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"Scadal" is an early Kurosawa film that gives a lot of suggestions of the Director's genius. However, the the plot suffers from being predictable and overstated. The two main characters are played by Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura who are, individually or together, in a majority of Akira Kurosawa's films. Mifune gives the better performance in his role as Ichiro Aoe; an artist who is secure in himself and his purpose. Shimura plays a lawyer named Hiruta who is just the opposite. Ichiro Aoe is insulted when a gossip magazine makes too much out of his chance encounter with a popular yet reclusive singer. Aoe is angered and he wishes to do something about it. In steps Hiruta. The film turns into a story about moral character (standing up for one's principles) and human frailty (Hiruta's weaknesses are rather excessive). The movie attempts to become a courtroom drama but Hiruta is so inept that the legal drama is missing. The ending is quite predictable which might have been avoided if Hiruta had been a bit less than the scoundrel that he becomes.

Fans of Mifune should enjoy this film. It is one of his better performances. Fans of Shimura will likely feel a bit disappointed in his role right out of a soap opera. Kurosawa probably had a lot of fun portraying the celebrity gossip magazine as the unethical "we're just in it for the money" collective group of villans. It's worth watching once.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Dec. 2015
By Charles Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent film with a valid storyline.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Classic 15 Dec. 2006
By O. Elmore - Published on Amazon.com
As a film duo, Shimura and Mifune have a chemistry that is unmatched, and Scandal's themes are perfect holiday fare. I watch this film every season, right after A Christmas Carol.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the story line is only part of the story 19 Nov. 2008
By D. Aiken - Published on Amazon.com
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1950 Japan was still reeling in the after effects of their defeat but average life must and did continue. This movie was advertised as a light comedy but it is,in fact a profound view of the average life of many within the Janese society still trying to find themselves in a whole new world. What was not previously mentioned is a scene when a Japanese opera star sings Silent Night and another that has drunken bar goers try to sing Auld Lang Sang, however spelled. The storyline is one matter, peek at daily life in an era we have seldom seen filmed at the time it happen is quite another. Most highly recommended.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film that gives u look into past pop culture in Japan 6 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The movie was pretty classic with a great plot going and interesting characters. The movie was hopeful and moving, and at many times, funny and thoughtful. the thing that bothered me was the ending. It left u wanting more. And there was a development within the movie that never really went through. Buy the movie and u'll see.
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