Singing Lovebirds + Discussion

1939| PG| 69 mins| / /

Screening Dates:
Thu 30 January 6:15pm

Dir: Masahiro Makino
Starring: Chiezô Kataoka, Ryôsuke Kagawa, Takashi Shimura

Singing Lovebirds is one of the very first musicals made in Japan. A woman is in love with a ronin who lives next door but has his hands full dealing with two other suitors. After the screening we will be hosting a discussion with Experts of the field. This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20.

From director Masahiro Makino, the ‘Busby Berkeley of Japan’, this is a rare opportunity to see the effortlessly delightful Singing Lovebirds at the cinema. After the screening, we’ll be joined by Dr Marcos Centeno (Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Birkbeck), a renowned scholar of Japanese Studies who has led a project entitled “Japanese Transnational Cinema”, bringing together British and Japanese universities, and Dr Griseldis Kirsch (Head of Department, East Asian Languages and Culture, SOAS) to discuss the film and its place in the history of musicals, as well as 1930s Japanese culture and how the film draws upon indigenous musical traditions.

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.