A short documentary about a great Kabuki dancer.

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Kikugoro Onoe ...
Yayoi / Shishi no sei (as Rokudaime Onoe Kikugorou)
Kinjirou Onoe ...
Kochou
Shigeru Onoe ...
Kochou
Wafuu Matsunaga ...
Nagauta - Uta
Shinzou Fujita ...
Nagauta - Uta
Izaburou Kashiwa ...
Nagauta - Shamisen
Tazaemon Morotsuki ...
Nagauta - Taiko
Junji Masuda ...
Roudoku (voice)
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A short documentary about a great Kabuki dancer.

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29 June 1936 (Japan)  »

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Danse du lion  »

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Ozu's lone existing documentary
13 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short documentary by Ozu was intended to present the artistry ofkabuki dancer Kikugoro Onoe IV to both Japanese and foreign audiences. A voice-over narration introduces Kikugoro as well as the dance he performs in the film's second half, in which a young girl is transformed into a resplendent lion (the imagery of which apparently inspired Jean Cocteau as he conceived his own BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). Watching Kikugoro imitate the gestures of a demure maiden you see how he deserved his fame. Ozu shoots the performance in three simple set-ups: a roving frontal shot of the performers on stage, an angled shot from the side of the stage, and an angled longshot that acknowledges the presence of the audience in a way that is unmistakably Ozu.


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