Cinema Kabuki 2019 Vancouver

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February 24 at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

in High Definition on the Big Screen
Direct from Japan
Subtitled in English

Kabuki Theatre, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating itself. Live productions, featuring some of today's greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.

Calendar of screenings:
Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • 12:30 pm Dojoji - A Lover's Duet
  • 2:45 pm Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
(88 West Pender Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver)

$20 each, plus handling fee
Advance tickets available through Eventbrite.
Available on the day of the screening at the theatre.

Dojoji - A Lover's Duet

Dojoji - A Lover's Duet
(a dance performance) 
Kyokanoko Musume Ninin Dojoji
二人道成寺 京鹿子娘二人道成寺 きょうかのこ むすめににん どうじょうじ

Premiered in 1753
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Naoya Hasumi
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2006
71 minutes 
Subtitled in English
Synopsis and background:
Tamasaburo, one of Japan's most renowned dancers, and rising star Kikunosuke create elegant mirror images to underscore the beauty and eroticism of one soul divided by the sacred and the profane in Dojoji - A Lover's Duet.  Abandoning the sacred path has transformed a beautiful young woman into a serpent. Dancing at a dedication ceremony for a temple bell, the woman/serpent rediscovers her higher self.

Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword

Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword
(a story of the pleasure quarter)
Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame
籠釣瓶 籠釣瓶花街酔醒 かごつるべ さとのえいざめ

Written by Shinshichi Kawatake
Premiered in 1888
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2010
113 minutes
Subtitled in English
Synopsis and background:
On the main street of the Yoshiwara pleasure district the top courtesan Yatsuhashi makes a luxurious procession through the fully blooming cherry trees. Miraculously, she happens to smile at Jirozaemon, a country merchant in the crowd. Who would have ever imagined that this momentary encounter could be the cause of mass murder? A love triangle forces the courtesan to reject her best customer in the middle of a banquet — the most dishonourable humiliation of all. Jirozaemon seizes the haunted sword Kagotsurube, which inevitably invites bloodshed once it is drawn. Kanzaburo and Tamasaburo are joined by Nizaemon to form a dream cast for this Kabuki classic.

In association with Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver
Presented by The Japan Foundation
For more information: 416.895.9316

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