Scandal (1950 film)
|Directed by||Akira Kurosawa|
|Produced by||Takashi Koide|
|Written by||Akira Kurosawa|
|Music by||Fumio Hayasaka|
|Distributed by||Shochiku Co. Ltd.|
|April 30, 1950|
Ichiro Aoye (Toshirō Mifune), an artist, meets a famous young classical singer, Miyako Saijo (Shirley Yamaguchi) while he is working on a painting in the mountains. She is on foot, having missed her bus, but they discover they are staying at the same hotel, so Aoye gives Saijo a ride back to town on his motorcycle. On the way, they are spotted by paparazzi from the tabloid magazine Amour. Saijo refuses to grant the photographers an interview, so they plot their revenge and are able to take a picture of Aoye and Saijo on the balcony of her room and print it along with a fabricated story under the headline "The Love Story of Miyako Saijo".
Aoye is outraged by this false scandal and plans to sue the magazine. During the subsequent media circus, he is approached by a down-and-out lawyer, Hiruta (Takashi Shimura), who claims to share Aoye's anger with the press. Aoye hires Hiruta as his attorney, but Hiruta is desperate for money to care for his daughter, Masako (Yōko Katsuragi), who has a terminal case of tuberculosis, so he accepts a bribe from the editor of Amour in exchange for agreeing to throw the trial. The trial proceeds badly for the plaintiffs and Hiruta, struck by the kindness of Aoye and Saijo towards Masako and Masako's disgust at the way he is handling the case, becomes ridden with guilt. Masako dies near the end of the trial, convinced that Aoye and Saijo will win, since they have the truth on their side. On the final day in court Hiruta, prodded by his conscience, confesses to taking the bribe and Amour loses the case.
- Toshiro Mifune - Ichirō Aoye
- Takashi Shimura - Attorney Hiruta
- Yoshiko Yamaguchi - Miyako Saijo
- Noriko Sengoku - Sumie
- Yōko Katsuragi - Masako Hiruta
- Eitaro Ozawa - Hori
- Shinichi Himori - Editor Asai
- Ichiro Shimizu - Arai
- Fumiko Okamura - Miyako's mother
- Masao Shimizu - Judge
- Kokuten Kōdō - Old Man
- Bokuzen Hidari - Drunk
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. Personal privacy is never respected and the scandal sheets are the worst offenders."
- The Japanese title "醜聞" is a kanji word which is pronounced "Shūbun" in standard Japanese. However the furigana "スキャンダル sukyandaru" is officially added to the Japanese title. Shochiku official web site
- "醜聞". Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "醜聞". kotobank. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "醜聞". Agency for Cultural Affairs 映画情報システム. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
- Richie, Donald (1999). The Films of Akira Kurosawa. p. 65. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)