[MA-SOC] Misora Hibari - any fans out there?

Serdar Yegulalp thegline at optonline.net
Thu Aug 17 10:50:34 EDT 2006


Here's the part I feel ashamed to admit: I didn't know about her per se, but
I knew about "Benten Kozo"! Where did you get the DVD? 

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> 
> Don't know if we've discussed this before, but are there any 
> fans of Misora Hibari out there?  I've recently discovered 
> the work of this amazing woman  -- who unfortunately died in 
> 1989 at the early age of 52.
>  
> Misora-san -- whose ethnic background, interestingly, was 
> Korean --  was a fine actress, but she was primarily known as 
> a superb singer of enka --  the 
> Japanese equivalent of what we would call "torch songs".   
> Some of you will 
> probably want to lynch me for this, but frankly -- after  
> hearing dozens of squeaky Puffy Ami Yumi sound-alikes -- the 
> deep, vibrant,  soulful strains and expressive nuances of 
> Misora-san's beautiful voice are like  a breath of fresh air.  
> Some people call her The Japanese Piaf, and that  description 
> is pretty accurate.  (Including being an ethnic "outsider" -- 
>  Edith Piaf, though perennially associated with her native 
> France, was ethnically  Italian.)
>  
> As we all know, Japanese import CDs and DVDs are not exactly 
> available for small change.  But I managed to save up and get 
> a copy of her greatest hit, "Kawa No Nagare No Yoo Ni" 
> ("Flowing Like A River") on Half.com.  Japanese listeners 
> once voted it "the greatest Japanese song of all time", and 
> there  are three other tracks on the CD:  another pretty tune 
> called "Ai San San",  and instrumental-only karaoke versions 
> of each of the two songs.  Also, I  did a search for her 
> films on eBay, and picked up an inexpensive DVD of her  film 
> BENTEN KOZO -- unique among the 60 or so films she starred 
> in, because in  BENTEN KOZO she actually plays a *male* role, 
> and does a really good job of it  too.
>  
> Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else in MA was an admirer 
> of  Misora-san?  
> (If you haven't yet heard her music, you are in for a  
> wonderful revelation.)
>  
> Heiwa to megumi,
> Jill
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