Kabuki plays often relate to historical events, love stories and moral conflicts. The actors speak in an old language, difficult for most Japanese to understand. The drama takes place on a rotating stage, complete with trapdoors and a footbridge. Originally, both, men and women acted in Kabuki plays, although the practice soon was restricted to men only, who also perform the women characters. Togitatsu no Utare is another of the great kabuki dramas. However, this version is not a traditional kabuki production, but Hidekai Noda's take on kabuki, like a trendy twentieth century production in period costume with Japanese actors. Hidekai Noda's productions have been popular in Japan, although are not to the taste of kabuki purists. 112 min, English commentary. Region Code:All NTSC.