Scandal (UK-import) (DVD)

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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...

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.

Scandal stars many great Japanese actors of the time including Noriko Sengoku and Takashi Shimura 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.

Bonusmateriale

  • Introduction from Alex Cox
  • Shochiku production stills gallery
  • 12 page booklet with a new essay by Joan Mellen

Produktfakta

Produksjonsår 1950 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 41 minutter
Aldersgrense 11 Undertekster Engelsk
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Japansk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør Akira Kurosawa Skuespillere Shirley Yamaguchi, Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Katsuragi
Bestillingsnummer EKA40102 Leverandør Gardners

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