CINEMA KABUKI 2013, Feb 9&10 Tickets on Sale

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CINEMA KABUKI 2013, Feb 9&10 Tickets on Sale

Post  JF on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:06 pm

-Following the sold-out screenings in 2012, Cinema Kabuki will be back
-New venue, TIFF Bell Lightbox
-Cinema Kabuki advance tickets on sale
-Perfect holiday gift

Feb. 9-10
At TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King Street West, Toronto
presented by The Japan Foundation
in High Definition on the Big Screen
Direct from Japan
Subtitled in English
including a Canadian premiere, Kagotsurube

The Late Kanzaburo XVIII and Tamasaburo in Kagotsurube

Kabuki Theatre, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating. 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 6 channel sound.

Cinema Kabuki
Calendar of screenings

TIFF Bell Lightbox
February 9 (Saturday), 2013

1:00 pm Heron Maiden
2:00 pm Hokaibo
February 10 (Sunday), 2013
1:00 pm Murder in Hell of Oil
3:30 pm Kagotsurube

Tickets on sale online at
or by phone 416.599.TIFF (8433)
or in person at Lightbox box office.
$15 + tax and applicable charges: Heron Maiden
$20 + tax and applicable charges: Murder in a Hell of Oil, The Zen Substitute, Hokaibo
For more information:
416.966.1600 ex.229 Toronto

Back by Popular Demand, sold out in 2012
Heron Maiden (a dance performance)
Sagi Musume
Premiered in 1762
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at the Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2005
32 minutes
Subtitled in English

The Heron Maiden is one of the most challenging dance roles in Kabuki. Featuring fifteen musicians on stage and dramatic costume changes amid swirling snow, the popular Heron Maiden is performed by star onnagata Tamasaburo (a male actor who specializes in female roles). Transforming himself gracefully from a white heron to a coquettish girl, the Heron Maiden is Tamasaburo’s signature piece. With his extraordinarily expressive figures - from the opening birdlike steps through to the dance’s finale - Tamasaburo is unforgettable.

Back by Popular Demand, sold out in 2012
(a ghostly black comedy)
Premiered in 1784
Written by Shimesuke Nagawa
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kushida
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at Heisei Nakamura-za Theatre, Asakusa, Tokyo, 2008
150 minutes + 15 minutes intermission
Subtitled in English

Hokaibo is the haunting story of a depraved monk living amidst the din and bustle of the great city of Edo (Tokyo). Pretending to raise funds to rebuild a temple bell, Hokaibo actually spends what money he can collect pursuing women. His mind is turned not to the pious thoughts suitable to a monk, but to fantasies of a life of luxury indulging in his favourite food, drink and pleasures of the flesh. Uncontrollable desire and greed lead him to spying, deceit, theft, and even murder. Hokaibo’s adventures end with his own death; his soul merges with the ghost of a long-suffering princess, creating a powerful and dangerous creature who terrorizes the people of Edo living along the Sumida River under the cherry blossoms.

Back by Popular Demand, sold out in 2012
Murder in a Hell of Oil
(a murder story)
Onna Goroshi Aburano Jigoku
Premiered as a Bunraku puppet play in 1721
Written by Monzaemon Chikamatsu
Premiered as a Kabuki play in 1909
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2009
110 minutes
Subtitled in English

Set in Osaka, the centre of commerce in 18th century Japan, Yohei, played by Nizaemon, a specialist of Kyoto/Osaka style Kabuki, is the prodigal son of an oil merchant who consumes the family fortune pursuing ‘pleasures of the night’. In spite of the heartfelt concern of his mother and stepfather, Yohei will not give up. Finally cornered by loan sharks, Yohei begs Okichi, the wife of a fellow oil merchant, for money. Upon her refusal, Yohei turns into a cruel murderer. Blood and oil gush in Kabuki’s most spectacular murder scene.

New this year
(a story of the pleasure quarter)
Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame
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

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 fatal 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.



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