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DENVER - Cinema Kabuki "The Tale of Bunshichi -Theatrical Play"

Run-time: 87 minutes

Showing at Fries Theatre, Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206)

$7.50 JASC members, Students and Seniors (+65)

$10.00 General Public

This event made possible by generous support from Japan Foundation Los Angeles and Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Story: Chobei is a very skilled craftsman and has many loyal customers but is about to be broke because of his love of gambling. His daughter Ohisa has decided to help her father by selling herself to the Yoshiwara brothel.  The mistress of the brothel was moved by Ohisa’s plea and urges Chobei to give up gambling.  She lent Chobei the money so he can pay off his debts, but says that for the time being, Ohisa will work for a servant, and if Chobei loses the money or spend it gambling, Ohisa will have to be a prostitute.  On the way back home with the money, by the river Chobei encounters a young shop clerk about to commit suicide.  Chobei tries to persuade him not to die, but the young man called Bunshichi says he has lost the large amount of money he collected for his master and has no choice but to die.  Bunshichi lost the exact amount money that the mistress lent Chobei.  So, Chobei, saying that no amount of money can buy a human life, and forces Bunshichi to accept the money and ran away…

What is Kabuki?  Kabuki is a style of Japanese theater that originated in the 17th century and is still performed in Japan today. Kabuki is known for the elaborate makeup and costumes worn by its actors. It is a combination of dance and a theatrical play. The development of the art form was influenced by both the Japanese society and government of the Edo period (1603 to 1868).

What is Cinema Kabuki?  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 six-channel sound.


Earlier Event: September 14
Movie: "Last Life in the Universe"
Later Event: September 21
John Marshall discusses Japanese textiles