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(aka 'Scandal' or 'Shubun - Sukyandaru')

Japan 1950

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-Americanized 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 exposť of their 'secret romance' based around this photograph, and the brooding Ichiro ignites a bitter and dirty libel case in order to restore their honor.

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 defense lawyer emotionally torn between right and wrong. Kurosawa's film stands as a fascinating one-man blast against the origins of press intrusion.


Theatrical Release: April 30th, 1950

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Distribution Eureka Video  (Masters of Cinema # 15) - Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:44:48 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Alex Cox introduction (7:47)
• 24-page liner notes booklet with a new essay by Joan Mellen

DVD Release Date: November, 2005

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Chapters: 12




Another welcomed effort by Eureka's Master of Cinema gang. The image quality is not perfect but I trust it is the best transfer that they could obtain (from Toho?). There was frequent combing (see last capture) indicating that this is not a progressive transfer. It is a shade dark and a bit softer than some of their other efforts. Menus are excellent. Alex Cox is always interesting to hear and his comments in the introduction are a perfect way to start (or end) the film. Joan Mellen's liner notes are beautifully put together in a nice booklet with high-quality photos. It is appropriate that Scandal and The Idiot are brought to digital by a company that has some integrity and respect for what they produce. In recent years we have been forced to see Mei-Ah travesties of some of Kurosawa's work that was not on Criterion's schedule.

Gary W. Tooze


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