Kabuki, the Path of the Flowers

Living Cultures
S1:Ep350 mins2009Guest: Sakata Tojuro, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Kazutaro, Choichi Hoshi, Hayato Hoshi, Masato Hoshi, Masaya Hoshi
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Kabuki, a Japanese traditional theater form, transmitted from father to son, is today the most popular of the traditional styles of Japanese drama. Seventeen-year-old Kazutaro Nakamura, heir to a dynasty of famous actors, is making his debut performance on the stage of the prestigious Kabuki-Za in Tokyo. Kazutaro is the youngest of the Nakamura Gangiro, one of the most prestigious Kabuki groups. Thanks to the help of his father, Kanjaku, and grandfather, Tojuro, he will practice and learn about this ancestral art. We also explore the Kabuki in the countryside. It is gradually dying out, but the last actors cling to the tradition with an endearing energy. Hayato is a member of one of these amateur Kabuki theaters. For the first time he brings his two sons to Tokyo to show them a Grand Kabuki performance.

Featuring: Sakata Tojuro, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Kazutaro, Choichi Hoshi, Hayato Hoshi, Masato Hoshi, Masaya Hoshi
Video Language: English
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