Nathaniel de Bell

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  • Singing Lovebirds

    Singing Lovebirds

    ★★★½

    Singing Lovebirds (1939) is pre-war Japanese jidaigeki (period drama) musical comedy, and is almost completely unknown outside of its native country where it is considered to be a classic. The daughter of a rōnin turned umbrella maker, Oharu, is in love with the neighbouring rōnin, Reisaburō Asai. Unfortunately she is competing for his affections with two others, Otomi and Fujio. To complicate matters, her father’s obsession with antiques has left them financially destitute and in debt to a local lord…