This video was created in partnership with Japanese Film Festival Australia. The festival will tour nationally from October – December 2019. For more information, visit the festival website. 

Although Japan isn’t known internationally for making musicals that isn’t to say the genre hasn’t existed in the country before.


Hieu Chau explores the history of the Japanese musical and sheds light on how the genre has evolved through the ages in Japan.


Closed captions available.



Words, Narration & Editing: Hieu Chau


Films Used:

  • The Caged Bird (1924)
  • So Young, So Bright(1955)
  • A Jazz Girl is Born(1957)
  • The Stormy Man (1957)
  • You Can Succeed Too! (1964)
  • Hong Kong Nocturne (1966)
  • Hong Kong Rhapsody (1967)
  • The Singing Escort (1969)
  • The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
  • Memories of Matsuko (2006)
  • For Love’s Sake (2012)
  • Tokyo Tribe (2014)
  • Lady Maiko (2014)
  • Dance with Me (2019)


Additional Video:
Singin’ In the Rain (1952, dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen)