A Month of Noh Films

Event: A Month of Noh Films
Date: Wed. January 15, 2014 - Thu. January 30, 2014.
Location: The Japan Foundation (131 Bloor St W, 2nd Floor) - Toronto

Details:

The Japan Foundation presents

A MONTH OF NOH FILMS (in conjunction with the exhibition Yokohoma Noh Theatre Photography Exhibition)

Noh theatre, which dates back to the 13th century, is one of Japan’s defining cultural achievements. In addition to the traditional performances that are still held, Noh continues to leave its mark on Japanese and international visual and performing arts.
This month we will present modern works that either show Noh’s influence or derive directly from Noh plays: A Noh-inspired film by Akira Kurosawa, two short animated films by master animator Kihachiro Kawamoto, and two contemporary Noh plays by Yukio Mishima.

January 15, 6:30 pm: Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
January 20 & 23: Animated Noh Plays by Kihachiro Kawamoto
January 27 & 30: Contemporary Noh by Yukio Mishima

Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor
Admission: Free
Please RSVP: www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php
Talk language: English
Film language: Japanese with English subtitles

MORE INFORMATION

 

THRONE OF BLOOD (Noh-influenced Shakespeare by Akira Kurosawa)

Wed Jan 15, 6:30PM
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
1957, 110 mins
Japanese with English subtitles

Kurosawa infused his adaptation of Macbeth with Noh elements, from the soundtrack and stage set to the actors’ performance style, Noh mask-like makeup and facial expressions.

 

DOJOJI (short Noh play in stop-motion animation)

Mon Jan 20, 6:30PM
Dir. Kihachiro Kawamoto
1976, 19 mins
Japanese with English subtitles

Preceded by talk by Toshi Aoyagi and excerpt DVD presentations of the original Noh plays

A mysterious woman takes revenge on the young monk who spurns her advances.

 

KATAKU (short Noh play in stop-motion animation)

Thurs Jan 23, 6:30PM
Dir. Kihachiro Kawamoto
1979, 19 mins
Japanese with English subtitles

Preceded by talk by Toshi Aoyagi and excerpt DVD presentations of the original Noh plays

A supernatural love triangle, adapted from a partion of The Tale of Genji, is reborn as an avant-garde modern Noh play by Yukio Mishima.

 

LADY AOI (modern Noh play)

Mon Jan 27, 6:30PM
Dir. Kichitaro Negishi
2013, 54 mins
Japanese with English subtitles

Preceded by talk by Toshi Aoyagi and excerpt DVD presentations of the original Noh plays

A supernatural love triangle, adapted from a partion of The Tale of Genji, is reborn as an avant-garde modern Noh play by Yukio Mishima.

 

SOTOBA KOMACHI (modern Noh play)

Tues Jan 28, 6:30PM
Dir. Kichitaro Negishi
2013, 51 mins
Japanese with English subtitles

Preceded by talk by Toshi Aoyagi and excerpt DVD presentations of the original Noh plays

A 99-year-old woman speaking with an intoxicated poet in a public park suddenly appears as her enchanting youthful self.

 


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