Scandal is a 1950 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. He co-wrote the film with Ryuzo Kikushima. Toshiro Mifune is an artist named Ichirō Aoye. He's painting a mountain when the movie opens and he's being observed by three older gentlemen who just don't understand Aoye's style.
Along comes Shirley Yamaguchi who's playing a singer named Miyako Saijo. She wants to get to the next town and she's missed her train. Aoye offers a her a ride on his bike and they wind up in the same hotel. Mifune looks pretty darn cool on his bike.
Some scumbag paparazzi spot the couple on the bike and they recognize the singer. She's fairly famous and that gets them to follow the bike to the hotel. They get turned down by Saijo for an interview. Pissed, the 2 scumbags sneak about, and seizing an opportunity, they snap a picture of Saijo and Aoye sitting on the balcony of the hotel in their bathrobes. Nothing was going on between the two of them but it looks like there could be. The two scumbags work for Amour magazine and the guy that runs it is an even bigger scumbag. The picture gets printed as a secret lover story and both Aoye and Saijo are offended. Aoye plans to sue but Saijo doesn't want to get involved, she hopes everything will just blow over.
One of my favorite actors pops into the story about now. Takashi Shimura plays Attorney Hiruta and he comes looking to defend Aoye in court. The painter takes him on after visiting Hiruta's house and meeting his daughter. She's a delightful young lady who has terminal tuberculosis. Hiruta, desperate for money, takes a bribe from the editor of the magazine to blow the trail. That's the sleazy scumbag up there on the right.
The case goes to trail and things look bleak. You can see the movie on YouTube and find out what happens. Even though it's straight up drama I really enjoyed it but I'm a big Kurosawa fan. There's a good bit of humor and good social commentary. The gossip tabloids of the time were pretty scummy. I did like that Aoye and Saijo don't develop a romance. It seems more natural that they wouldn't but movies often seem to try to shoehorn a romance in the story. I had seen it several years ago but had forgotten pretty much all the details so it was fairly new to me. I'd certainly want to see it again and plan to watch a bunch of his other early films when I can find the time.