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Akira Kurosawa

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    Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku, Eitarô Ozawa
    Director: Akira Kurosawa
    Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima
    Producers: Sojiro Motoki, Takashi Koide
    Format: Black & White, PAL
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    Number of discs: 1

    Classification: PG
    Studio: Eureka Entertainment
    DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
    Run Time: 105 minutes

  • 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.

    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.

    • Newly restored high-definition transfer
    • Video Introduction by Alex Cox
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Production stills gallery
    • 20-page booklet with a new essay by Joan Mellen

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      Japan | 104 min.
      1.33:1 OAR
      black & white

  • Price: £24.99
    UK Sterling (new)(includes UK postage & packaging)

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