Scandal (Shubun)
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Released in Japan as Shubun, Scandal was the eleventh film directed by Akira Kurosawa (it was produced just prior to his more famous Rashomon). The director described it as a "protest" film about press journalism. The film sets forth the theory that the postwar Japanese press was too free in its insinuations, and that personal privacy had been sacrificed for the sake of sensationalism (The more things change...) Based on a story related to Kurosawa at a bar (!), the film traces the tragedy that results when a prominent lawyer is skewered by the press. Scandal ends with the hospital… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Scandal is not a great film, but it is much more than a curiosity, and much funnier than any plot synopsis might suggest."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Anybody contemplating a tabloid career should watch this movie."
‑ , Film4
"Done with Kurosawa's subtle touch of irony."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is an awkward comedy made just before Kurosawa's breakthrough film, Rashomon."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a mustard seed for later masterworks"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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