Famous singer Miyako Saijo, who is publicity shy, and motorbiking artist Ichirô Aoye, who has minor celebrity, meet by chance in Kappazawa while Ichirô is on a painting expedition, and Miyako is on a retreat. As she has missed her bus to Kaminoyu and as Ichirô is heading there anyway, he offers her a ride to the resort where both of them are staying and which is largely empty as it is the off season. As he visits her in her room solely as a measure of friendship and camaraderie, they are unaware that a paparazzo working for scandal sheet Amour has taken a photograph of the two of them together on her balcony. Hori, Amour's publisher, decides to print the photograph along with an accompanying salacious story on what could have happened based on the photograph, but which is a total fabrication. Hori has done such before with other celebrities, never having been sued as he believes his subjects either like the publicity or are too busy or scared to take action. A libel suit he feels will...
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The character Hiruta was, as Kurosawa later recollected, based on a man he met in a bar in the early 1940's who had very similar characteristics and personal issues. See more
One of you, read the oath and swear to it. Come, come, read the oath.
[One of the old men comes forward
Old Man A
What's an oath?
A promise to answer all questions honestly.
Old Man A
Just a minute! I ain't never told a lie in my life!
[the court bursts out laughing
Connais-tu le pays
from the opera "Mignon"
Music by Ambroise Thomas
Lyrics by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jules Barbier
and Michel Carré
Sung through the film by Shirley Yamaguchi See more