TIFF presents Cinema Kabuki: Kagotsurube, the Haunted Sword
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February 28th, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ESTCost: $22
Kagotsurube, The Haunted Sword/Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame
(a story of the pleasure quarter)
Written by Shinshichi Kawatake
Premiered in 1888
Directed for Cinema Kabuki by Hiroyuki Nakatani
Recorded live at Kabuki-za Theatre, Tokyo, 2010
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 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.
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.