*Singing Lovebirds*. 1939. Japan. Directed by Masahiro Makino. With Chiezo Kataoka, Takashi Shimura, Haruyo Ichikawa. Courtesy Nikkatsu Corporation

Oshidori utagassen (Singing Lovebirds). 1939. Japan. Directed by Masahiro Makino. Screenplay by Koji Edogawa. With Chiezo Kataoka, Takashi Shimura, Haruyo Ichikawa. In Japanese; English subtitles. 69 min.

Masahiro Makino’s breezy musical comedy about a ronin (masterless samurai) and three coquettish suitors was billed as “the rare operetta in which jazz bursts into the period film”—precisely the sort of well-crafted genre picture that Makino and his cinematographer Kazuo Miygawa produced with seeming effortlessness before the war.

35mm print courtesy the National Film Center; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Nikkatsu.

  1. Saturday, April 14, 2018,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, April 13, 2018,
    4:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2