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Phase (2 CDs + DVD + Blu-ray)

YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI WITH IN PHASE

Phase (2 CDs + DVD + Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV6542


Price: 52.99

Live DVD and 2 CD set of the final concert of Yukihiro Takahashi's tour 'Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase Tour 2013'. In Phase was the name given to the band that recorded Takahashi's album Life Anew released in summer 2013. The musicians were Yukihiro Takahashi (vocals, drums), James Iha (guitar), Kei Takakuwa (bass), Hirohisa Horie (keyboards) and Tomohiko Gondo (euphonium). They later commenced this tour performing five concerts in four cities in Japan, with guests Shunji Suzuki (guitar) and Leo Imai for the two Tokyo concerts.

Blu-ray plus DVD plus 2 CDs with booklet (60 pages including interview with Yukihiro Takahashi, musicians comments, notes for each track and on the live concerts). Comes packaged in special case.

1. Another Door 2. Looking For Words 3. Time To Go 4. Last Summer 5. That's Alright (It Will Be Alright) 6. The Old Friends Cottage 7. Ghost Behind My Back 8. The Price To Pay 9. Blue Moon Blue 10. Where Are You Heading To? 11. To Who Knows Where 12. End Of An Error 13. Shadow 14. All That We Know 15. World In A Maze 16. Follow You Down 17. Something In The Air



A Fragment

YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI

A Fragment

Ref: FSV6482


Price: 28.99

Originally released on VHS in 1984. Five video clips.

1. Walking to the Beat 2. Something in the Air 3. Drip Dry Eyes 4. Poisson D'Avril 5. Brand New Day


Okinawa Home Song DVD 2007-2013

VARIOUS

Okinawa Home Song DVD 2007-2013

Ref: FSV6493


Price: 29.99

Animated footage of 39 songs since the start of the RBC programme Okinawa Home Song in April 2007 to the present day, featuring just about all the songs. Okinawa Home Song features new songs composed by (mostly) Okinawan musicians for Okinawan children. Artists include Eishou Higa, Chiaki, Benimo Musume, Satoshi Kawamitsu, Tetsuhiro Daiku, Mast, Kumiko Higa, Kazufumi Miyazawa, Isamu Shimoji, Iyoko, Tink Tink, Lino, Lala Kapua and more.

1. Hae Gongon 2. Yuntaku Hantaku 3. Henna No Mamuya 4. Gajimaruoji 5. Yanbaru Tenaga Kogane No Ousama 6. Ichasan 07. Oozuna Hiki 08. Kariyushi Santa 09. Nibui Kabui 10. Maya Qiya 11. Fukurashaya 12. Ne.ne.ne. 13. Apapiapon No Uta 14. Chura Churara 15. Soul Chanpuru 16. Watta Shimanchu 17. Kumuinuma 18. Chibariyo! Shisa Ekaki Uta 19. Kashira Gengen 20. Obon No Yoru Ha 21. Hoshi No Christmas 22. Kuganaguwa 23. Uta Ga Umareru 24. Hataraku Te 25. Shichiguwachi Utotu 26. Kokkoro Kokkoro 27. Tousan To 28. Fuchigeshi 29. Mori No Fukurou 30. Uzagaku Oshiro No Ongakutai 31. Minna Ookina Maru 32. Ieruyone 33. Sominanu Asa 34. Uchina Bentou Masando 35. Oh!kachashi! 36. Boku No Tenpusu 37. Piyo No Uta 38. Chinu.chu.acha 39. `okina Wai! NTSC, Region Code 2


Kabuki-za Shinkaijyo Kokera Otoshi - Grand Opening Performances of The New Kabuki-za (18 DVDs with English Commentaries, + 3 Books)

Kabuki-za Shinkaijyo Kokera Otoshi - Grand Opening Performances of The New Kabuki-za (18 DVDs with English Commentaries, + 3 Books)

Ref: FSV6474


Price: 699.99

The Apirl, May and June 2013 Kokera Otoshi - opening ceremony- performances from the new Kabuki-za. 18 DVDs, 1620 minutes, with English commentaries, and three books. In total 21 plays featuring all the stars of the Kabuki world. Sumptuous packaging with 3 folders of DVDs and 3 books.

April featured the Opening Ceremony April Grand Kabuki. Featured plays were:

Matinee: Kotobuki Iwau Kabuki no Irodori (Kakuju Senzai), Omatsuri, Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)

Afternoon: Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami, Hamamatsuya, Kuramae, Inasegawa Seizoroi, Gokurakuji Yane Rippuku, Sanmon, Namerigawa Dobashi, Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono (Masakado)

Evening: Omi Genji Senjin Yakata (Moritsuna Jin'ya), Kanjincho

May: Matinée: Tsuru Kame, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya), Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami

Afternoon: Meiboku Sendai Hagi- Goten, Yukashita- Kuruwa Bunshô (Yoshidaya)

Evening: Kajiwara Heizô Homare no Ishikiri (Ishikiri Kajiwara) Kyôganoko Musume Ninin Dôjôji

June: Matinée: Sayaate, Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen), Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima (Shunkan)

Afternoon: Kotobuki Soga no Taimen, Tsuchi Gumo

Evening: Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori, Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

The cast includes Kataoka Nizaemon, Bandô Tamasaburô, Onoe Kikugorô, Sakata Tôjûrô, Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto Kôshirô, Bandô Mitsugorô, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Tokizô, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Gatô, Ichikawa Sadanji and Ichikawa Danzô.

Special features include footage of the building of the new Kabukiza, a guide to the new Kabukiza, some of the opening ceremonies and an interview with National Tresure Tojuro Sakata. Comes with Japanese subtitles and English commentaries.

The three books, mostly in Japanese, but with some English, feature a list of all the performances and actors written in the special Kabuki font, interviews with Tojuro Sakata, Koshiro Matsumoto, Kichiemon Nakamura, Nizaemon Kataoka, Tamasaburo Bando and Baigyoku Nakamura. There are articles remembering the great actors who passed away in recent years and weren't able to see the new Kabukiza open such as Shikan Nakamura VII, Jakuemon Nakamura IV, Tomijuro Nakamura V, Matagoro Nakamura II, Danjuro Ichikawa XII and Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. Also includes interview with Ebizo Ichikawa and Kanzaburo Nakamura remembering Danjuro Ichikawa.

The books contain many photos of performances, plus play guides and synopsis. There are features the new Kabukiza's technology such as lighting, sound and stage design. NTSC, Region Code 2.



Kabuki-za Shinkaijyo Kokeraotoshi (Blu-ray) - Grand Opening Performances of The New Kabuki-za (10 Blu-ray Discs with English Commentaries, + 3 Books)

Kabuki-za Shinkaijyo Kokeraotoshi (Blu-ray) - Grand Opening Performances of The New Kabuki-za (10 Blu-ray Discs with English Commentaries, + 3 Books)

Ref: FSV6475


Price: 899.99

The Apirl, May and June 2013 Kokera Otoshi - opening ceremony- performances from the new Kabuki-za. 10 Blu-ray discs, 1620 minutes, with English commentaries and three books. In total 21 plays featuring all the stars of the Kabuki world. Sumptuous packaging.

April featured the Opening Ceremony April Grand Kabuki. Featured plays were:

Matinee: Kotobuki Iwau Kabuki no Irodori (Kakuju Senzai), Omatsuri, Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)

Afternoon: Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami, Hamamatsuya, Kuramae, Inasegawa Seizoroi, Gokurakuji Yane Rippuku, Sanmon, Namerigawa Dobashi, Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono (Masakado)

Evening: Omi Genji Senjin Yakata (Moritsuna Jin'ya), Kanjincho

May: Matinée: Tsuru Kame, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Terakoya), Sannin Kichisa Tomoe no Shiranami

Afternoon: Meiboku Sendai Hagi- Goten, Yukashita- Kuruwa Bunshô (Yoshidaya)

Evening: Kajiwara Heizô Homare no Ishikiri (Ishikiri Kajiwara) Kyôganoko Musume Ninin Dôjôji

June: Matinée: Sayaate, Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori (Kisen), Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima (Shunkan)

Afternoon: Kotobuki Soga no Taimen, Tsuchi Gumo

Evening: Gozonji Suzu-ga-Mori, Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura

The cast includes Kataoka Nizaemon, Bandô Tamasaburô, Onoe Kikugorô, Sakata Tôjûrô, Nakamura Kichiemon, Matsumoto Kôshirô, Bandô Mitsugorô, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Shibajaku, Nakamura Tokizô, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Kataoka Gatô, Ichikawa Sadanji and Ichikawa Danzô.

Special features include footage of the building of the new Kabukiza, a guide to the new Kabukiza, some of the opening ceremonies and an interview with National Tresure Tojuro Sakata. Comes with Japanese subtitles and English commentaries.

The three books, mostly in Japanese, but with some English, feature a list of all the performances and actors written in the special Kabuki font, interviews with Tojuro Sakata, Koshiro Matsumoto, Kichiemon Nakamura, Nizaemon Kataoka, Tamasaburo Bando and Baigyoku Nakamura. There are articles remembering the great actors who passed away in recent years and weren't able to see the new Kabukiza open such as Shikan Nakamura VII, Jakuemon Nakamura IV, Tomijuro Nakamura V, Matagoro Nakamura II, Danjuro Ichikawa XII and Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. Also includes interview with Ebizo Ichikawa and Kanzaburo Nakamura remembering Danjuro Ichikawa.

The books contain many photos of performances, plus play guides and synopsis. There are features the new Kabukiza's technology such as lighting, sound and stage design.


Playing the Orchestra 2013

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

Playing the Orchestra 2013

Ref: FSV6476


Price: 29.99

Filmed at Suntory Hall Tokyo in May 2013, Ryuichi Sakamoto together with the world famous Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tracks include Still Life - Orchestra Version from the album 'Out of Noise' (2009), Catalia from the YMO album Solid State Survivor (1979) which interestingly was originally written for orchestra but it has never been played before with orchestra, and famous film themes such as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky. NTSC Region Code 2.



Playing the Orchestra 2013 (Blu-ray)

Playing the Orchestra 2013 (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV6478


Price: 39.99

Filmed at Suntory Hall Tokyo in May 2013, Ryuichi Sakamoto together with the world famous Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tracks include Still Life - Orchestra Version from the album 'Out of Noise' (2009), Catalia from the YMO album Solid State Survivor (1979) which interestingly was originally written for orchestra but it has never been played before with orchestra, and famous film themes such as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky. Blu-ray edition.



Playing the Piano 2013 in Yokohama  (DVD + Blu-ray + 2 CDs)

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

Playing the Piano 2013 in Yokohama (DVD + Blu-ray + 2 CDs)

Ref: FSV6477


Price: 49.99

Ryuichi Sakamoto concert from March 2013 at the Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo in Yokohama, Japan's first Public Concert Hall that opened in 1954. It was based on London's Royal Festival Hall, and at the time, was acclaimed for having the 'best acoustics in the Orient'. The walls are made of wood, and the hall is affectionally known as the 'Wooden Hall'. Sakamoto emphasises the sound quality and feeling of space. Comes as DVD, Blu-ray and 2 CDs of the concert. NTSC Region Code 2.



Symphony Ihatov (Blu-ray)

TOMITA

Symphony Ihatov (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV6470


Price: 39.99

Tomita's most recent work performed for the first time in November 2012, filmed on September 15th 2013 at Tokyo, Bunkamura, Orchard Hall. Ihatov is a fictional place created by poet/author Kenji Miyazawa derived from his native Iwate prefecture. Features The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a chamber chorus, a junior high school choir, and lead 'vocaloid' by digital female star Hatsune Miku, a synthesizer application who appears as an animated projection. Behind this extraordinary spectacle was Isao Tomita, who composed the symphony and cleverly incorporated the vocaloid into an orchestral work for the first time. Symphony Ihatov has been billed as Tomita's magnum opus, expressing the 'psychedelic' and colourful world of Miyazawa's literature, that Tomita has been a fan of since he was a child. The two worlds of Tomita, the orchestral and electronic combining with spectacular results.The production received much critical acclaim. Includes interview with Tomita and with conductor Shoichi Kawai. Includes 3D section and 3D glasses. Blu-ray Region A.



NHK Special - New Kabuki-za- Hinoki Butai Ni Kakeru Otoko Tachi

NHK Special - New Kabuki-za- Hinoki Butai Ni Kakeru Otoko Tachi

Ref: FSV6450


Price: 29.99

Documentary about the new Kabuki-za which opened in March 2013. The film follows the three year building process, hears from Kabuki actors who give special anniversary performances, and from various dedicated staff of the Kabuki-za. NTSC, Region Code 2, 49 minutes.



NHK Special- New Kabuki-za- Hinoki Butai Ni Kakeru Otoko Tachi (Blu-ray)

NHK Special- New Kabuki-za- Hinoki Butai Ni Kakeru Otoko Tachi (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV6451


Price: 32.99

Documentary about the new Kabuki-za which opened in March 2013. The film follows the three year building process, hears from Kabuki actors who give special anniversary performances, and from various dedicated staff of the Kabuki-za. Blu-ray Region Free. 49 minutes.



Kabuki to Nihon Buyo- Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai Ikkan Kaitei  (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.1)

BANDO MITSUGORO

Kabuki to Nihon Buyo- Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai Ikkan Kaitei (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.1)

Ref: FSV6432


Price: 25.99

NTSC Region Code 2, 39 minutes. The Bando School of Dance is one of the major schools of Japanese kabuki dance and Nihon Buyo, founded in 1804 by Kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro III. There are currently around 4,000 students and more than 800 teachers. This DVD contains rare footage of Mitsugoro Bando VII (1882-1961) called the 'God of Dance', Mistugoro Bando IX and the current Mitsugoro Bando X.



Kabuki to Nihon Buyo- Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai Ni Kan Kaitei Ban (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.2)

BANDO MITSUGORO

Kabuki to Nihon Buyo- Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai Ni Kan Kaitei Ban (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.2)

Ref: FSV6471


Price: 25.99

NTSC Region Code 2, 39 minutes. Colour and Black and White. More rare footage. This time Mitsugoro Bando IX demonstrates and introduces the tradition of the Bando school of dance. Plus Yasosuke Bando V (the current Mitsugoro Bando X) Mitsugoro Bando VII (b/w) and Shikan Nakamura.



Kabuki to Nihon Budo - Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai San Katei Ban (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.3)

BANDO MITSUGORO, TOMIJURO NAKAMURA

Kabuki to Nihon Budo - Bando Ryu wo Kataru Dai San Katei Ban (Kabuki and Japanese Dance - Bando School of Dance Vol.3)

Ref: FSV6452


Price: 25.99

NTSC, Region Code 2. 39 minutes This DVD contains more rare film of Mistugoro Bando IX teaching various techniques, Tomijuro Nakamura, Mitsugoro Bando VIII and Bando Yasosuke V (the current Bando Mitsugoro X). 39 minutes, colour.



Ningyo Joruri Bunraku / Tayu by Rosetayu Toyotake

TOYOTAKE ROSETAYU, SEIJI TSURUSAWA

Ningyo Joruri Bunraku / Tayu by Rosetayu Toyotake

Ref: FSV6444


Price: 28.99

Rosetayu Toyotake (born 1965) won the 2013 Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award, and is considered to be the new leading tayu (vocalist who recites the gidayu script of bunraku plays). In Bunraku, the tayu uses his vocal virtuosity to recite the puppet characters and the narrative descriptions of the scenes. He is accompanied by Seiji Tsurusawa on shamisen, a Living National Treasure. Performed July 2013 in Tokyo. 39 minutes, NTSC, Region Code 2.



Toshita Kagura (2 DVDs)

MOROZUKA MURA TOSHITA KAGURA HOZONKAI

Toshita Kagura (2 DVDs)

Ref: FSV6453


Price: 34.99

Toshita is a small village, deep in the mountains on the border of Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures in Kyushu. It is known as a treasure box of kagura, literally god entertainment, a Shinto theatrical dance.The Kagura of Toshita is strongly influenced by Buddhism. This is first visual release of Toshita Kagura, performed by local members of the organisation to preserve Toshita Kagura. Performed July 2008 as a part of the Summer of Tokyo Music Festival 2008. Double DVD, over 5 hours. NTSC, Region Code 2.

DVD 1

1. Mai-ire 2. Yamamori 3. Ogami 4. Mikoya-home 5. Odaijin Ge

DVD 2

1. Yumi no Ishogon Chu 2. Sanpo Kojin 3. Iwato Jo 4. Kanzui Ge 5. Iwato Ge 6. Shimeguchi 7. Inari


Cinema Kabuki - Nezumi Kozo (Noda Version) (The Rat Burglar)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, BANDO MITSUGORO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Nezumi Kozo (Noda Version) (The Rat Burglar)

Ref: FSV6395


Price: 39.99

Cinema Kabuki are a series of Kabuki plays filmed on multiple HD cameras and screened in cinemas in Japan and in various locations worldwide including New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Singapore. This version of Nezumi Kozo was written and directed for the stage by Hideki Noda, at the invitation of the late Nakamura Kanzaburo, and recorded live at the Kabuki-za in Tokyo 2003. Nezumi is a sort of Japanese version of Robin Hood, an 18th century folk hero. A coffin maker's greed makes him take on Nazumi, in disguise as the 'rat burglar'. Society's pretenses are destroyed as corruption is exposed and the mighty are brought down. However, his heart is softened by the plight of an abandoned young boy..Stars Nakamura Kanzaburo, Nakamura Fukusukem Nakamura Hashinosuke, Bando Mitsugoro.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 110 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Togitatsu no Utare (Noda Version) - Revenge on Togitatsu

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA, MITSUGORO BANDO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Togitatsu no Utare (Noda Version) - Revenge on Togitatsu

Ref: FSV6396


Price: 39.99

Togitatsu no Utare originally premiered in 1925, is based on an event in Kawgawa prefecture in 1827, when a sword polisher killed a samurai who was in an affair with his wife. Hideki Noda, (born 1955) known for his eccentric and large scale dramas, remade it and first staged his version in 2001. In Noda's version a sword polisher, Tatsuji, tricks the chief retainer of Lord Awadu, Hirai Ichiroemon, who dies of apoplexy as a result. Retainers testified that Tatsuji had killed Hirai, whose sons then set out to kill Hirai in a vendetta. Filmed in 2005, and shown in cinemas 2008.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 97 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Ninjo Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi - The Sentimental Plasterer

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SENJYAKU NAKAMURA AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Ninjo Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi - The Sentimental Plasterer

Ref: FSV6397


Price: 39.99

Bunshichi Mottoi is based on a famous rakugo story by Sanyutei Encho and was adapted for the stage for first time in 1891. This version was revised and directed for the stage and Cinema Kabuki by Yoji Yamada, and was filmed at Shimbashi Embujo Theatre in Tokyo, 2007. Chobei, a skilled plasterer, gambles his family into poverty. His daughter turns to prostitution, and the 'Madam' where she works, touched by her selflessness, arranges a loan for Chobei. Chobei while on his way home, saves a young man, who has lost a lot of money, from comitting suicide, but who will believe him..

NTSC, Region Code 2, 87 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Renjishi - Triple Lion Dance, Rakuda - The Camel

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, KANTARO NAKAMURA, MITSUGORO BANDO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Renjishi - Triple Lion Dance, Rakuda - The Camel

Ref: FSV6398


Price: 39.99

Filmed in 2007 (Renjishi) and 2008 (Rakuda), directed for Cinema Kabuki by Yoji Yamada. Renjishi written by Mokuami Kawatake was recorded at Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, and usually features a father/son duo as two powerful lions. This extraordinary triple Lion Dance stars Kanzaburo with his sons Kantaro and Shichinosuke as the younger lions. There are unusual hand held shishi masks which evolve into majestic full mane costumes. At the top of Mt. Seiryo is a natural stone bridge where lion like creatures called Shishi live. Ensuring that the strongest survive, the parent kicks its sons over the edge. The cubs below see a reflection of their parent on the river surface, and scale the rocky cliff to the top where reunited, they all dance for joy.

Rakuda is a slapstick comedy with dark undertones. A troublemaker called Uma dies after eating poisonous fugu fish, yet becomes the life and soul of the party. His only friend Hanji sends Kyuroku, the junk collector, to demand support for the funeral from Uma's miserly landlord, or the dead Uma will come to his house and dance.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 107 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Hokaibo

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, KANTARU NAKAMURA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Hokaibo

Ref: FSV6399


Price: 39.99

Filmed in 2008, cinema release 2009. Directed by Kazuyoshi Kushida and starring Kanzaburo Nakamura, Kantaru Nakamura, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Takashi Sasano and Hachinosuke Nakamura. A noble Kyoto family has lost a carp scroll that was given to them by the Emperor. The young lord Yoshida Matsukawa ends up in hiding in Kyoto, posing as a common clerk at an antiques dealer hoping he can find it. His fiancee Princess Nowake is also in hiding in Kyoto searching for him, while Okumi, the daughter of the antique dealer, is in love with Matsukawa. Meanwhile, Kanjuro has the carp scroll and is in love with Okumi, and wants to use the scroll as an engagement gift. Into this elaborate plot enters Hokaibo, a 'depraved priest' with a different agenda. This cast and others arrive on the stage for 'Memories of the Sumida River- Hokaibo', a humerous farce, with occasional violence and spectacular dance. There are light moments, when Kanzaburo tells the musicians to be quiet, asks one of the audience to read out a note crucial to the plot, asks where they are from, makes jokes about Presidents Obama and Bush. There are also spectacular moments as when cherry blossom falls and the back wall of the Heisei Nakamura Tent Theatre in Asakusa is pulled back to reveal the real tree lined banks of the Sumida River.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 150 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Oedo Living Dead

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA, MITSUGORO BANDO

Cinema Kabuki - Oedo Living Dead

Ref: FSV6400


Price: 39.99

Original cinema release 2010. This was the 12th in the Cinema Kabuki series all filmed on High Definition cameras. This is an original drama by Kudo Kankuro of Kabuki set in the present, with scenery drop curtain design by Shiriagari Kotobuki. Zombies appear in a town in Edo, but Hansuke (Ichikawa Somegoro) is able to control them using a smelly fish soup. He creates a temporary employment agency of zombies which triggers a conflict with the workers whose jobs are now threatened or have become unemployed.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 103 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.0ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki Best Volume 1. Relive the Passion of Kanzaburo Nakamura (6 DVDs)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki Best Volume 1. Relive the Passion of Kanzaburo Nakamura (6 DVDs)

Ref: FSV6401


Price: 229.99

Released to commemorate the first year anniversary of the death of the remarkable Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII who died 5th December 2012 at the age of 57. All 6 of the above acclaimed Cinema Kabuki DVDs.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 654 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, Dolby Digital 5.1ch (1) and 2.00ch Dolby Digital sound (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Nezumi Kozo (Noda Version) (The Rat Burglar) (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, BANDO MITSUGORO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Nezumi Kozo (Noda Version) (The Rat Burglar) (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6402


Price: 46.99

Cinema Kabuki are a series of Kabuki plays filmed on multiple HD cameras and screened in cinemas in Japan and in various locations worldwide including New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Singapore. This version of Nezumi Kozo was written and directed for the stage by Hideki Noda, at the invitation of the late Nakamura Kanzaburo, and recorded live at the Kabuki-za in Tokyo 2003. Nezumi is a sort of Japanese version of Robin Hood, an 18th century folk hero. A coffin maker's greed makes him take on Nazumi, in disguise as the 'rat burglar'. Society's pretenses are destroyed as corruption is exposed and the mighty are brought down. However, his heart is softened by the plight of an abandoned young boy..Stars Nakamura Kanzaburo, Nakamura Fukusukem Nakamura Hashinosuke, Bando Mitsugoro.

Region Free Blu ray 110 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Togitatsu no Utare (Noda Version) - Revenge on Togitatsu (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA, MITSUGORO BANDO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Togitatsu no Utare (Noda Version) - Revenge on Togitatsu (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6403


Price: 46.99

Togitatsu no Utare originally premiered in 1925, is based on an event in Kawgawa prefecture in 1827, when a sword polisher killed a samurai who was in an affair with his wife. Hideki Noda, (born 1955) known for his eccentric and large scale dramas, remade it and first staged his version in 2001. In Noda's version a sword polisher, Tatsuji, tricks the chief retainer of Lord Awadu, Hirai Ichiroemon, who dies of apoplexy as a result. Retainers testified that Tatsuji had killed Hirai, whose sons then set out to kill Hirai in a vendetta. Filmed in 2005, and shown in cinemas 2008.

Region Free Blu ray 97 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Ninjo Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi - The Sentimental Plasterer (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SENJYAKU NAKAMURA AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Ninjo Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi - The Sentimental Plasterer (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6404


Price: 46.99

Bunshichi Mottoi is based on a famous rakugo story by Sanyutei Encho and was adapted for the stage for first time in 1891. This version was revised and directed for the stage and Cinema Kabuki by Yoji Yamada, and was filmed at Shimbashi Embujo Theatre in Tokyo, 2007. Chobei, a skilled plasterer, gambles his family into poverty. His daughter turns to prostitution, and the 'Madam' where she works, touched by her selflessness, arranges a loan for Chobei. Chobei while on his way home, saves a young man, who has lost a lot of money, from comitting suicide, but who will believe him..

Region Free Blu ray 87 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Renjishi - Triple Lion Dance, Rakuda - The Camel (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, KANTARO NAKAMURA, MITSUGORO BANDO AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Renjishi - Triple Lion Dance, Rakuda - The Camel (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6405


Price: 46.99

Filmed in 2007 (Renjishi) and 2008 (Rakuda), directed for Cinema Kabuki by Yoji Yamada. Renjishi written by Mokuami Kawatake was recorded at Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, and usually features a father/son duo as two powerful lions. This extraordinary triple Lion Dance stars Kanzaburo with his sons Kantaro and Shichinosuke as the younger lions. There are unusual hand held shishi masks which evolve into majestic full mane costumes. At the top of Mt. Seiryo is a natural stone bridge where lion like creatures called Shishi live. Ensuring that the strongest survive, the parent kicks its sons over the edge. The cubs below see a reflection of their parent on the river surface, and scale the rocky cliff to the top where reunited, they all dance for joy.

Rakuda is a slapstick comedy with dark undertones. A troublemaker called Uma dies after eating poisonous fugu fish, yet becomes the life and soul of the party. His only friend Hanji sends Kyuroku, the junk collector, to demand support for the funeral from Uma's miserly landlord, or the dead Uma will come to his house and dance.

Region Free Blu ray 107 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Hokaibo (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, KANTARU NAKAMURA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA AND OTHERS

Cinema Kabuki - Hokaibo (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6406


Price: 46.99

Filmed in 2008, cinema release 2009. Directed by Kazuyoshi Kushida and starring Kanzaburo Nakamura, Kantaru Nakamura, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Takashi Sasano and Hachinosuke Nakamura. A noble Kyoto family has lost a carp scroll that was given to them by the Emperor. The young lord Yoshida Matsukawa ends up in hiding in Kyoto, posing as a common clerk at an antiques dealer hoping he can find it. His fiancee Princess Nowake is also in hiding in Kyoto searching for him, while Okumi, the daughter of the antique dealer, is in love with Matsukawa. Meanwhile, Kanjuro has the carp scroll and is in love with Okumi, and wants to use the scroll as an engagement gift. Into this elaborate plot enters Hokaibo, a 'depraved priest' with a different agenda. This cast and others arrive on the stage for 'Memories of the Sumida River- Hokaibo', a humerous farce, with occasional violence and spectacular dance. There are light moments, when Kanzaburo tells the musicians to be quiet, asks one of the audience to read out a note crucial to the plot, asks where they are from, makes jokes about Presidents Obama and Bush. There are also spectacular moments as when cherry blossom falls and the back wall of the Heisei Nakamura Tent Theatre in Asakusa is pulled back to reveal the real tree lined banks of the Sumida River.

Region Free Blu ray 150 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki - Oedo Living Dead (Blu ray)

KANZABURO NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA, MITSUGORO BANDO

Cinema Kabuki - Oedo Living Dead (Blu ray)

Ref: FSV6407


Price: 46.99

Original cinema release 2010. This was the 12th in the Cinema Kabuki series all filmed on High Definition cameras. This is an original drama by Kudo Kankuro of Kabuki set in the present, with scenery drop curtain design by Shiriagari Kotobuki. Zombies appear in a town in Edo, but Hansuke (Ichikawa Somegoro) is able to control them using a smelly fish soup. He creates a temporary employment agency of zombies which triggers a conflict with the workers whose jobs are now threatened or have become unemployed.

Region Free Blu ray 103 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Cinema Kabuki Best Volume 1. Relive the Passion of Kanzaburo Nakamura (6 Blu ray Discs)

Cinema Kabuki Best Volume 1. Relive the Passion of Kanzaburo Nakamura (6 Blu ray Discs)

Ref: FSV6408


Price: 269.99

Released to commemorate the first year anniversary of the death of the remarkable Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII who died 5th December 2012 at the age of 57. All 6 of the above acclaimed Cinema Kabuki Blu ray Discs.

Region Free Blu ray 654 minutes, 16:9 HD Size, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch (1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0ch (2).


Sketches of Myahk

Sketches of Myahk

Ref: FSV6374


Price: 34.99

The musician and the producer Makoto Kubota took a research journey to the Miyakojima islands, south of Okinawa after some spiritual experience deep in the Kumano mountains in 2007. There he met enormous musical and cultural heritages in conjunction with the spiritual roots of ancient Japan. He discovered elaborate religious rituals and songs held by selected village women and work songs with strong beat to give them the strength to survive through 3 centuries of feudal slavery. Their language also contains a higher rate of Japanese ancient words than modern Japanese does.

The film director Koichi Onishi followed in the footsteps of Kubota and took his camera along to film their performances and the unique daily life which is full of religious rituals. Kubota eventually finds the sugarcane farmers and the fishermen's wives who sing their own unique songs about their Gods and ancestors. He then successfully organized showcase concerts and brought them to Tokyo to perform. Some of the members are over 90 years old and came to Tokyo for the very first time.

This film also tells about the cultural heritage of the islands, Miyako-jima (Locally pronounced as Myahk). It is exemplified by old songs known as "Aagu", based on medieval or ancient song improvisation. There are also "Kamiuta", which are sacred songs sung when shamanic women pray in frequent rituals, sometimes in a trance-like state. The residents have been singing and passing on these songs for many generations. Faced with the crisis of extinction, this documentary explores the long hidden rituals, where the "Kamiuta" the sacred songs are sung and how related memories are passed on.

This film showcases many of their songs as well as interviews about the lifestyle and religious beliefs of Miyako, Myahk.

NTSC, Region Code 2, 104 minutes.



Noh Dojoji (with English subtitles)

Noh Dojoji (with English subtitles)

Ref: FSV6389


Price: 33.99

NTSC, Region Code All, 109 minutes, with English subtitles (a summary of the play, not a translation). Filmed in 2000, highlights and complete performance of Dojoji, a famous noh play of the fourth category. A ten minute segment features Kanze Kiyokazu at Obori Koen Nogakudo in Fukuoka. The complete performance (88 minutes) is at Nagoya Nogakudo and features Umewaka Rokuro. Another ten minute highlights features Shiotsu Akio and is filmed on the outdoor Noh stage of Misogi Shrine Nogakuden in Yamanashi.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Kayoi Komachi, Jinen Koji

KURO HOUSHO, ROKURO (GENSHO) UMEWAKA

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Kayoi Komachi, Jinen Koji

Ref: FSV6382


Price: 39.99

In 2013, it is 650 years since the birth of Zeami and 680 years since his father Kan'ami was born. Kan'ami founded the Kanze school, and was succeeded by his son Zeami. They are credited with bringing Noh to its present form during the Muromachi period. This is the first in a DVD series of classic performances broadcast by NHK of mastepieces written by Kan'ami and Zeami. It features both legendary actors from the past and fantastic performances by the leading contemporary actors. From the Hosho school Kayoi Komachi is performed by Kuro Hosho first broadcast in 1961 (black & white). From the Kanze school Jinen Koji is performed by Rokuro (Gensho) Umewaka broadcast in 1996 (colour). NTSC, 86 minutes, Region Code 2.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Motomezuka

KIYOKAZU KANZE

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Motomezuka

Ref: FSV6383


Price: 39.99

Kanze school Motomezuka performed by Kiyokazu Kanze, broadcast in April 2013. 101 minutes + 10 minutes special feature, Stereo Dolby Digital. NTSC, Region Code 2. Motomezuka is a play from the fourth category of noh plays, Zatsu Mono.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Takasago, Kiyotsune

NOBUTAKA KOMPARU, NORIKAZU HIROTA

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Takasago, Kiyotsune

Ref: FSV6384


Price: 39.99

Komparu School Takasago first broadcast in 1987 performed by Nobutaka Komparu. Kiyotsune (Kongo school) performed by Norikazu Hirota and first broadcast in 1989. 118 minutes, black & white, colour, NTSC, Region Code 2.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Hannyo

KIKUO TOMOEDA

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Hannyo

Ref: FSV6385


Price: 39.99

From the Kita School Hanyo performed by Kikuo Tomoeda and first broadcast in 1978. NTSC, Region Code 2, Colour, 87 minutes.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Kinuta Azusa no De

SHOROKU SEKINE

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Kinuta Azusa no De

Ref: FSV6386


Price: 39.99

Kinuta Azusa no De performed by Shoroku Sekine of the Kanze school. First broadcast in 1998, Stereo Dolby Digital, Colour, 88 minutes. NTSC, Region Code 2.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Tohru

AKIYO TOMOEDA

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami - Tohru

Ref: FSV6387


Price: 39.99

Tohru (Kita school) performed by Akiyo Tomoeda broadcast in 2012. 102 minutes plus 3 minutes features. Colour, Stereo Dolby Digital. NTSC, Region Code 2.



Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami DVD-Box  (6 DVDs)

Nohgaku Masterpiece Collection by Kan'ami and Zeami DVD-Box (6 DVDs)

Ref: FSV6388


Price: 239.99

All six of above DVDs in a box. 566 minutes, plus 13 minutes special features. NTSC, Region Code 2.



Gei no Shinzui Series- Edo Yukari no Ie no Gei Bando Mitsugoro (The Art of Traditional Performance, Mistugoro Bando - Family Tradition of Edo Kabuki)

MITSUGORO BANDO

Gei no Shinzui Series- Edo Yukari no Ie no Gei Bando Mitsugoro (The Art of Traditional Performance, Mistugoro Bando - Family Tradition of Edo Kabuki)

Ref: FSV6366


Price: 39.99

Bando Mitsugoro X comes from a long line of great Kabuki actors, who have especially established themselves as masters of Kabuki dance. On this DVD Bando performs a dance long associated with his family, 'Kisen' together with Onoe Kikunosuke VI. 'Ryusei' is a long dance, created by Ichikawa Kodanji IV in 1859, re-created by Mitsugoro VII in 1921 who added contemporary aspects. Accompanied by top singers and musicians from Nagauta and Kiyomoto, performed in Tokyo, August 2012. 117 minutes plus 22 minute interview, colour with Japanese subtitles and booklet in Japanese. NTSC Region Code 2.

1. Nankou 2. Oh-edo Rhokoku Hanabi 3. Ryusei 4. Kisen from Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori



Gei no Shinzui Series - Kiyomoto Kiyoki Nagare Hitomoto Ni (The Art of Traditional Performance - Enjudayu Kiyomoto, Umekichi Kiyomoto) (2 DVDs)

ENJUDAYU KIYOMOTO, UMEKICHI KIYOMOTO

Gei no Shinzui Series - Kiyomoto Kiyoki Nagare Hitomoto Ni (The Art of Traditional Performance - Enjudayu Kiyomoto, Umekichi Kiyomoto) (2 DVDs)

Ref: FSV6368


Price: 59.99

Two different schools of Kiyomoto- narrative Kabuki music. Takanawa School represented by Enjudayu Kiyomoto (joruri- narration) and Ume School by Umikichi Kiyomoto (shamisen- 3 stringed lute) perform on the same stage for the first time in 88 years. DVD 1 has documentary footage following their rehearsals from January 2010 until August 2010. DVD2 is of the performance that took place at the National Theatre Tokyo in August 2010. 180 minutes. NTSC Region Code 2.

DVD1- Documentary. DVD2 1. Shiki Sanbaso 2. Sumidagawa 3. Omatsuri


Gei no Shinzui Series - Nagauta Kokoro (The Art of Traditional Performance - Nagauta)

KATSUSABURO KINEYA, KATSUKUNI KINEYA

Gei no Shinzui Series - Nagauta Kokoro (The Art of Traditional Performance - Nagauta)

Ref: FSV6367


Price: 39.99

Master musicians of Nagauta ('long song', music which accompanies Kabuki). Katsutaro Kineya and Katsukuni Kineya display their sophisticated art of traditional performance. The concert was held at the National Theatre Tokyo in August 2008. 134 minutes. NTSC Region Code 2.

1. Goshoku no Ito 2. Yoshiwara Suzume 3. Kinekatsu Sanden no Uchi Adachigahara 4. Shokyoku-shu


Saigo no Yoshiwara Geisha Yondaime Minako (The Last Yoshiwara Geisha Minako III)

MINAKO

Saigo no Yoshiwara Geisha Yondaime Minako (The Last Yoshiwara Geisha Minako III)

Ref: FSV6363


Price: 39.99

The real memoirs of a Geisha. Documentary about a geisha, Minako III (1919-2010), the last geisha carrying 350 years tradition of Yoshiwara Geisha. Yoshiwara, was the famous and walled-in pleasure quarters of Tokyo, which flourished for centuries before prostitution laws closed it down in 1958. Men with money, from all levels of society, were entertained by geisha (non-prostitute entertainers). Minako was a geisha who entaertained guests at a tea house through playing shamisen, singing and dancing. She started to work in Yoshiwara at the age of eleven and continued to perform until she died at the age of 90. This DVD was filmed from July 2005 until January 2010, and features twenty traditional performances from Yoshiwara. NTSC, Region Code 2.



The Kyogen Theatre Vol.1- Setagaya Public Theatre

MANSAKU + MANSAI NOMURA

The Kyogen Theatre Vol.1- Setagaya Public Theatre

Ref: FSV6342


Price: 54.99

Performed in 2004 at Setegaya Public Theatre in Tokyo, produced by Mansai Nomura. Kyogen, 'human comedy' is a style of spoken drama, and along with noh, bunraku and kyogen, one of the four classical theatre arts of Japan. It is played on the same stage as noh, but the actors don't usually wear masks. Mansaku Nomura is a Living National Treasure while his son, Mansai Nomura is the director of Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theatre. He also acts in Shakespeare plays and Greek tragedies, and often tries to combine east and west, classics and contemporary. He recently performed Sambaso, on this DVD, in New York. NTSC Region Code 2. 120 minutes.

1. Sambaso 2. Kamabara 3. Nohgaku-Bayashi 4. Kawakami


The Kyogen Theatre Vol.2

MANSAKU + MANSAI NOMURA

The Kyogen Theatre Vol.2

Ref: FSV6343


Price: 54.99

Volume 2 featuring the great Kyogen masters. Performed in 2005 at Setegaya Public Theatre in Tokyo. NTSC Region Code 2. 117 minutes.

1. Kagami-Kaja 2. Nohgaku-Bayashi A 3. Nohgaku-Bayashi B 4. Higeyagura Kakeri-iri


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