The daughter of a ronin (a masterless samurai) is in love with another ronin 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, fears he might have to sell her to pay it off. Previously rarely seen outside Japan, Singing Lovebirds is a breezy, light-hearted concoction full of verve, charm and invention featuring songs that cover territory as diverse as traditional Japanese folk music to jazz and Afro-Cuban inspired sounds.
This screening will include an introduction by Jasper Sharp, author of The Historical Dictionary Of Japanese Cinema.
Part of the Japan Sings! season, running 7 - 9 November at QUAD. Buy a season pass to see all 5 films in this season at a reduced rate.
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Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk
Screenings of this film are organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20.