Japan, 1939, 69 mins.
DIRECTOR: Masahiro Makino
WITH: Chiezo Kataoka, Takashi Shimura, Haruyo Ichikawa
Rarely screened in the UK, the 1939 Japanese
musical comedy Singing Lovebirds is an effortlessly
delightful viewing experience: breezy, lighthearted,
full of verve, charm and invention. Daughter of a
former rōnin (masterless samurai), Oharu is in love
with Reisaburō Asai, another rōnin who lives next
door. But she faces steep romantic competition
from two other local admirers – and matters are
complicated further when her father, finding
himself deeply in debt to the local lord, fears he
might have to sell her to pay it off…
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