Distribution

Singing Lovebirds (Oshidori utagassen)

Dir: Masahiro Makino

Japan

1939

69 mins

PG

Play Dates

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  • South East
  • London
  • Midlands
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • North

Arts Picturehouse

19/10/2019

- 19/10/2019

Cambridge

BFI Southbank

01/01/1970

- 08/11/2019

Lambeth,

London

CULTUREPLEX

02/11/2019

- 02/11/2019

Manchester

Derby QUAD

15/11/2019

- 15/11/2019

Derby

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

30/01/2020

- 30/01/2020

Northampton

Glasgow Film Theatre

20/10/2019

- 21/10/2019

Glasgow

Queen's Film Theatre

08/12/2019

- 08/12/2019

Belfast

Showroom Workstation

08/12/2019

- 08/12/2019

Sheffield

Tyneside Cinema

07/01/2020

- 07/01/2020

Newcastle upon Tyne

Arts Picturehouse

19/10/2019

- 19/10/2019

Cambridge

BFI Southbank

01/01/1970

- 08/11/2019

Lambeth,

London

CULTUREPLEX

02/11/2019

- 02/11/2019

Manchester

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

30/01/2020

- 30/01/2020

Northampton

Derby QUAD

15/11/2019

- 15/11/2019

Derby

Glasgow Film Theatre

20/10/2019

- 21/10/2019

Glasgow

Queen's Film Theatre

08/12/2019

- 08/12/2019

Belfast

Showroom Workstation

08/12/2019

- 08/12/2019

Sheffield

Tyneside Cinema

07/01/2020

- 07/01/2020

Newcastle upon Tyne

Cast:

Chiezo Kataoka, Takashi Shimura, Haruyo Ichikawa

One of the rarest films in our tour, 1939 Japanese musical comedy Singing Lovebirds isn’t even available on DVD in the UK – even though, directed by Masahiro Makino, the ‘Busby Berkeley of Japan’, it’s the most frequently revived pre-war musical in Japan and an effortlessly delightful viewing experience.

Daughter of a former rōnin (masterless samurai), Oharu (Haruyo Ichikawa) is in love with Reisaburō Asai (Chiezō Kataoka), 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 (Dick Mine), fears he might have to sell her to pay it off…

Breezy, lighthearted and full of verve, charm and invention, Singing Lovebirds is notable for the way it plays with light and shadow (in both its song lyrics and radiant visuals) and its eclectic jazz score, which pulls in music from native jojuri and naniwabushi to tango and even Cuban-African sounds. The film also features Takashi Shimura, most famous as the lead samurai in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, in a singing role. Miraculously shot in only two weeks by Makino and cinematographer Kazuo Miygawa, it’s a joyous, eminently watchable treat.

Screenings of this film are organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20. 

Play Dates

Booking Information

Telephone:
0207 636 7120

Email:
programming@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Available Formats

DCP only

Distributor

Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

Terms

£100 flat fee + £21 print transport (per booking)

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