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March 16, 2010
good stuff holds up well
September 25, 2009
One of Kurosawa's most Westernized pictures, and somewhat blander for it. I detect a Frank Capra influence... one can't help but think of It's a Wonderful Life during the "Auld Lang Syne" scene, and the ending has shades of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Shimura and Mifune are both off, with the former giving a little too much and the latter not quite enough. The photographic technique is excellent, of course, and if it's not a major piece of the Kurosawa canon, at least it's watchable.
September 9, 2009
The consequence of an act of kindness, a painter and a famous singer spend an innocent vacation together in a hotel room. Predictably, the media blows the occasion into a full-blown scandal. There was room aplenty for potential in this film, considering the personality flaws and quirks of some of the characters involved. But unfortunately Kurosawa chose to rely on a number of tired cliches that ultimately prodded and poked this film to a whimpering conclusion.
½ June 18, 2009
Not bad, and it's always a pleasure to watch Mifune on screen. Kurosawa lite.
½ May 14, 2009
Timeless relevance. A surprisingly good earlier, "lesser" film by Kurosawa. Shimura and Mifune are terrific as always.
May 3, 2009
Mifune sparks from the start to the end.
½ March 21, 2009
layering in the frame
Super Reviewer
½ March 2, 2009
[font=Century Gothic]In "Scandal," Miyako Saijo(Yoshiko Yamaguchi), a famous singer, blissfully sings while climbing a hill until she realizes she is not alone. Ichiro Aoye(Toshiro Mifune) is painting nearby Mount Kumitori while being surrounded by a group of admirers. Since she missed her bus, he gentlemanly offers her a ride on his motorcycle to a nearby resort where there are paparazzi waiting in ambush. Being a very private person, she does not wish her picture taken. However, they still get a shot of her and Ichiro which is plastered all over Tokyo in a tabloid, intimating that the two are having an affair. Ichiro confronts the publisher Hori(Eitaro Ozawa), threatens a lawsuit and even slugs him.(Even though I'm a pacifist, I think he had it coming.) Hiruta(Takashi Shimura), a lawyer, drops by Ichiro's studio to offer his services.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Scandal" is a solid movie that has lost none of its punch over the decades, even if a couple of the scenes are overplayed and go on too long. Regrettably, celebrity journalism is still with us to rob celebrities of any kind of privacy. In this movie, Miyako and Ichiro are the protaganists whose creation of art is respected which Hori does not. He is just trying to sell magazines by whatever means necessary, even if lives are wrecked in the bargain. Somewhere in the middle is Hiruta who is badly in need of redemption.[/font]
½ January 21, 2009
Un des films moins connus de K., fait avant sa série de chef-d'oeuvres mais contenant le germe du génie en développement. Une critique virulente de l'américanisation des médias japonais après la seconde guerre.

Un Toshiro Mifune en grande forme, mais pas aussi brillant qu'à l'habitude. On peut également reprocher au film un manque de nuances dans la psychologie des personnages, soit absolument parfaits ou complètement dégueulasses.

Kurosawa arrive quand même à réaliser un film prenant, qui gagne en profondeur dans la seconde partie qui se transforme en une sorte d'étude des notions de couardise et d'honneur dans la société japonaise. Peut-être pas un grand film selon les standards de Kurosawa, mais tout de même très bien.
½ December 27, 2008
Had low expectations, it was much better than the critic says: it is a fine movie indeed. Takashi Shimura (Seven Samurai) at his best.
December 14, 2008
a not very sharp Kurosawa movie.
December 12, 2008
Easily Kurosawa's weaker films but one of his most intriguing where it concerns characters. I thought overall that this fascination with the tabloids was intriguing as lots of films that talk on tabloid seem to go for that time period and the scene in the courtroom was pure genius, it resembles the audience, our utmost desire to see a character fall and to see drama and to see tragedy and to be surprised at the end, be it redemption or further misery.
½ November 4, 2008
Another take on Post-war Japan from master director Akira Kurosawa. This time, Kurosawa opts out style for a more straight-forward story, without sacrificing quality. Toshiro Mifune controls the film with confidence, and contains something he doesn't have in other Kurosawa films: romantic appeal. However, it is Takashi Shimura's supporting performance as Mifune's dishonest lawyer that steals the film. Shimura's conflicted lawyer is a man willing to do anything to provide for his ailing daughter, but a man still ashamed of his inability to be honest in his job and his life. He serves as an allegory the country in its post-war state, and is the true heart of the film. "Scandal" is nothing special, but it is a solid exploration of intrigue, freedom of the press, post-war Japanese society and, well...scandal.
August 30, 2008
Mifune is a movie star of the highest order. He commands the camera and dominates practically every scene he is in. It is a much more conventional and more commercially viable picture than some of Kurosawaâ??s earlier work. It is less profound, but more entertaining. One can certainly tell Kurosawa has seen one or two American films.
½ August 19, 2008
My favorite Kurosawa film so far. Exceptional shots, beautiful dialogue and a very handsome Mifune.
½ August 9, 2008
Kurosawa's Scandal is thus far my least favorite of all of his films. It tells the most kindergarten of yarns: Two celebrities accidentally meet during a holiday staying at the same hotel. In an easily misunderstood situation each other, tabloid photographers seek revenge on them for rejecting interviews by taking a picture of them and fabricating a love story about them. There is a scandal, and a lawsuit eventually battles the paparazzi. Despite Kurosawa's message pertaining to the post-war Americanization of Japan in terms of the media, could a single pop culture magazine dominate the entire media the way it's depicted to in the story?

The narrative is so clearcut and unsurprising with its message-obsessed subject, the good guys are practically perfect with complete humility and no character flaws and the bad guys are cocky jerks with no redeemable values.

It's not a terrible film, however. It is, after all, directed by Akira Kurosawa who, aside from showcasing an obvious scenario about the shrewdly dishonest media, explores the Japanese cultural perception of weakness. Weakness is something intolerable in Japanese culture, yet good enough people can understand a naturally weak person. Weakness is an organic part of someone. It comes from sensitivity, feelings of inferiority, harsh luck, all of which the character of the lawyer has, and as hard as it is for the surrounding characters to do, they understand it when he gives into weakness.

I prefer the last half of the movie by a landslide because it becomes more about the lawyer wrestling with his own guilt. It's a story that would never be found in an American film because of the cultural differences and how bound to accords the Japanese feel.
½ July 21, 2008
Pretty good, Mifune is really handsome! Touches up on an issue that still applies today, the tabloids and media!
July 5, 2008
great film i luved that my cast is there. the story has an interestin plot and it brought out tensions. highly recommended.
July 3, 2008
Many people see the emotional streak as a detriment but I think it's what makes the movie so great. At the start of the movie I imagined something very different but Kurosawa hones in on Shimura's character and makes the audience truly feel for him. If anything, the movie ends a little too abruptly, but everything from the angel to the beautiful rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' is fantastically done.
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