Cinema Kabuki 2019 Toronto

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November 10th, 2019

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Cinema Kabuki 2019 Toronto
November 9 & 10
At TIFF Bell Lightbox

in High Definition on the Big Screen

Direct from Japan

Subtitled in English

including Canadian premiere of Akoya



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 high resolution cameras for screening in cinemas on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.


Cinema Kabuki

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King Street West, Toronto


Saturday, November 9, 2019

11:30 am Kumagai’s Camp

2:00 pm Dōjōji – A Lover’s Duet


Sunday, November 10, 2019

11:00 am Akoya NEW

1:30 pm Three Thieves Named Kichisa


Advanced tickets on sale on October 9, 2019

Online at

and in person at the Lightbox box office

Per screening, each program $24.80, including tax and handling charge


For more information:

416.966.1600 ex.229

Kumagai’s Camp

(a samurai tragedy)

Kumagai Jin’ya

Premiered in 1751 as a puppet theatre play

Written by Namika Sōsuke

Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2010

104 min.

Subtitled in English


Synopsis and background:


A samurai hero struggles on the battlefield. But on his day of triumph, Kumagai, one of the commanding officers, suffers in agony trying to fulfill his duty and devotion to his lord Yoshitsune. This play was originally written for the puppet theatre and, through its formal structure, achieves the passion and solemnity of classic drama. A powerful warrior is transformed from a statuesque figure to a pure victim of the inhumanity of war. This character development is depicted stylistically through the sung narration of Gidayū music. Three Living National Treasures—Kichiemon, Tomijuro, and Tojuro—create a splendid tableau of historical grandeur.

Dōjōji – A Lover’s Duet

(a dance performance)

Kyokanoko Musume Ninin Dōjōji

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 Dōjōji – 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.


(a historical epic with Gidayū music accompaniment)

Dannoura Kabuto Gunki

壇浦兜軍記 だんのうら かぶと ぐんき

Premiered in 1732 as a puppet theatre play

Written by Bunkōdō and Hasegawa Senshi

Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2015

93 minutes

Subtitled in English


Synopsis and background:


Defeated Samurai commander Kagekiyo vanishes and is searched for by the victorious Genji clan. Courtesan Akoya, Kagekiyo’s lover, is arrested and interrogated to learn the hideout of Kagekiyo. The interrogator confronts Akoya with an emotionally, sophisticatedly elevated way of torture to pull out the truth from this dedicated lover; instead of violence or pain, three music instruments are used to hear the clarity in tones as a reflection of the honesty of her mind. Actually playing three instruments onstage, plus singing, Tamasaburo realizes magnificently one of the most challenging Kabuki female roles.

Three Thieves Named Kichisa

(an urban outlaw story)

San’nin Kichisa


Premiered in 1860

Written by Kawatake Mokuami

Directed for the stage and Cinema Kabuki by Kushida Kazuyoshi

Recorded live at Theater Cocoon, Shibuya, Tokyo, 2014

136 min.

Subtitled in English


Synopsis and background:


Early 19th-century Edo (the former name of Tokyo) had juvenile delinquents and outlaws everywhere. Urban culture was overripe. Three thieves happen to meet on a dark New Year’s night. They feel compassion for each other instantly and vow brotherhood. But they do not know that this encounter is only one milestone of their fate. Long before the three meet, their lives have already been entangled. An intricate web of destiny eventually drives them to their deaths. Kankuro, Shichinosuke, and Matsuya are three of the most promising young Kabuki actors. This classic play is given new life by these young talents in an unconventional production by Kushida at a contemporary venue, Theater Cocoon, located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, known as the Street of Youth.


In association with Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

Presented by The Japan Foundation

For more information: 416.966.1600 ext.229







TIFF Bellライトボックス

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King Street West, Toronto


入場料: 各上映$20+税・手数料

前売り: オンラインで販売中

当日売り: 上映館にて


問い合わせ: 416.966.1600 x.229


119日(土曜)午前1130分 『熊谷陣屋』

『一谷嫩軍記』【いちのたに、ふたば、 ぐんき】時代物義太夫狂言(武家の戦の悲劇)

英題Kumagai’s Camp

2010年東京歌舞伎座でライヴ収録 104分 英語字幕






119日(土曜)午後2時 『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】所作事(舞踊作品)

英題Dojoji – A Lover’s Duet

71分 2006年東京歌舞伎座でライヴ収録 英語字幕





1110日(曜)午11 阿古屋琴責め 


英題 Akoya

人形浄瑠璃として初演1732年 文耕堂・長谷川千四作


93分 2015年10月東京歌舞伎座でライヴ収録










1110日(曜)午後130分 三人吉三

『三人吉三廓初買』【さんにん きちさ くるわの はつかい】世話物(裏街の無法者達の物語

   英題 Three Thieves Named Kichisa

1860年初演 河竹黙阿弥作

舞台演出・シネマ歌舞伎監督 串田和美

136分 2014年東京渋谷シアター・コクーンでライヴ収録










November 10th, 2019
November 10th, 2019
Event Category:
Japanese with English Subtitles


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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