NTSC, Region Code All, English Commentary and booklet notes. 104 mins (main programme) + 23 minutes (special feature on 50 selected works of Kabuki). Colour. Filmed February 2002.
Nakamura Kichiemon II (born 1944) is a popular tachiyaku actor. Ichikawa Danjuro XII (1946-2013) was a tachiyaku actor and holder of the most prestigious name in Kabuki. Nakamura Baigyoku IV (born 1946) is a nimaime (handsome lover) actor. Ichikawa Sadanji IV (born 1940) is a brilliant tachiyaku actor. Bando Tamasaburo V isprobably the most popular onnagata actor. Nakamura Shibajaku VII (born 1955) is another fantastic onnagata actor. Nakamura Fukusuke IX (born 1960) is a popular onnagata actor. Kataoka Roen IV (1926-2011) was a veteran tachiyaku/katakiyaku (villain) actor.
Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami was originally written for bunraku and staged for the first time in 1746. Kurumabiki (the Struggle for the Carriage) is the bombastic scene which opens Act III. The play takes place in front of the Yoshida shrine in Kyoto. Ga no Iwai (the Celebration) is the second scene of Act III. It takes place in the village of Sata.