TIFF presents Cinema Kabuki: 3 Thieves Named Kichisa

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February 27th, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm EST

Cost: $22
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Three Thieves Named Kichisa/San’nin Kichisa
(an urban outlaw story)

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
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=oBtmU5KSkmQ
Synopsis and background: http://www.kabuki21.com/sannin_kichisa.php

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.

Tickets: $22 link
On sale: TIFF Members January 13; General public January 20

Cinema Kabuki is presented by TIFF in partnership with The Japan Foundation, Toronto.



February 27th, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
February 27th, 2016 @ 3:45 pm
Doors Open:
Japanese with English subtitles
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