“Bullet Train Theatre” brings a mix of kabuki, rock, modern theater and big stars to the stage, the screen and the JCCC for it Canadian Premiere!
A new and exciting development in the world of contemporary Japanese drama is the emergence of new genres that incorporate elements of kabuki. At the forefront of this trend is Gekidan Shinkansen, one of Japan’s most popular contemporary theater companies. Shinkansen founder and director Inoue Hidenori, who calls his style “Inoue Kabuki,” has teamed with Kabuki actor Ichikawa Somegoroto to stage a string of hits over the past decade. Grounded in the methods of contemporary theater but incorporating kabuki techniques throughout, these shows pack a real punch with their flamboyant action and rock-concert–like sound. They are products of a dynamic new theatrical movement inspired by traditional kabuki that has captured the attention of theater watchers in Japan and elsewhere.
One of the ways this trend has picked up momentum is through Geki × Cine. Geki × Cine are filmed versions of live Gekidan Shinkansen performances that have become a sensation on Japanese screens: a wondrous concoction of kabuki, traditional stories, punkishly sentimental Japanese theater and Hollywood cinema logistics rolled into one giant mind-blowing extravaganza.
On September 25, the JCCC, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation Toronto, will present Gekidan Shinkansen’s SEVEN SOULS IN SKULL CASTLE in all its three hours of cinematic glory in the Kobayashi Hall.
Date: Thursday Sept 25, 2014
Time: 7pm (189 min + 10 minute intermission)
Tickets $8 for JCCC members, $10 for non-members