Gala Screening

In Gala Screening section, we will present a new form of theatrical digital entertainment: Cinema Kabuki, directed by a renowned film director Yoji Yamada, and two Livespire titles directed by returning SKIP City filmmakers, Mayumi Miyasaka and Katsunori Sato. Digital theatrical presentation of rock concerts, classic ballet, and opera have been very popular overseas. There are now opportunities to enjoy stage and kabuki performance on screen in Japan. We hope you enjoy the new contents made possible by the digital technology and discover new heights of excitement.


* With English subtitles

Ninjobanashi Bunshichi Mottoi (The Tale of Bunshichi)

7.19(Sat) 14:00
7.22(Tue) 11:30


© Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

Performed in October, 2007 (90min)

Kanzaburo Nakamura, Senjaku Nakamura, Kantaro Nakamura, Shinobu Nakamura, Kamezo Kataoka, Yajuro Bando, Shikan Nakamura

A dream collaboration between Yoji Yamada and Kanzaburo Nakamura

Cinema Kabuki is a digital recording of Kabuki performances captured by high-performance HD cameras. The Tale of Bunshichi directed by Yoji Yamada will have its world premiere with English subtitles. The superior image with a surround sound system designed to recreate the atmosphere of a live performance will deliver excitement.

Chobei is a very skilled craftsman with a good heart, but he also loves gambling and he is always fighting with his wife Okane. Their daughter Ohisa decides to become a prostitute to make money for her parents, but the mistress of the brothel lends Chobei some money to pay off his debts. Grateful and reformed, Chobei gives up gambling, but he meets a young man who loses profit money and decides to commit suicide. A human comedy classic by rakugo story teller Sanyutei Encho is revived with vibrant performances of Kanzaburo, Senjaku, Yajuro, Kamezo, Kantaro, and Shikan

Director: Yoji Yamada


Born 1931 in Osaka, Yamada graduated from University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1954.
He joined Shochiku the same year as an assistant director and made his directorial debut with Nikai no Tanin in 1961. He started directing Tora-san (Otoko wa Tsuraiyo) installments in 1969. His credits include Where Spring Comes Late (1970), Home From the Sea (1972), The Village (1975), The Yellow Handkerchief (1977), winner of 6 awards including Best Director at the first edition of Japan Academy Prize, My Sons (1991), and A Class to Remember (1993). Twilight Samurai (2002), a Samurai period piece based on a Shuhei Fujisawa novel, won 15 awards at the 26th edition of Japan Academy Prize as well as other prestigious awards and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at Academy Awards. His follow up The Hidden Blade (2004) participated in competition at Berlin International Film Festival and won the Best Picture at the 7th Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Love and Honor (2006) won Mainichi Geijutsu Award, Kan Kikuchi Award, and Asahi Award. His most recent film, KABEI - Our Mother (2008) became a huge hit in Japan and competed for Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival. Yamada was awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1996 and Bunka Korosho Award for a person who has made outstanding cultural contribution in 2004. He has also written books, Yoji Yamada Collection (eight volume series), Eiga wo Tsukuru, Tora-san no Kyoikuron, and Eigakan ga Hanete.

Livespire (2 Films)

Livespire is digitally recorded musicals and stage performances projected with digital projection. It is a new form of visual entertainment presented by Sony Corp. It is a new way to enjoy stage performances enabling the audience to observe details of the performance as well as the stage set on a big screen.


7.25 (Fri) 14:30


© Sony Corporation / Human Design

2008/Japan/171min with an intermission

Distributor: Sony Corporation
*No English subtitles

The Naoki Prize winner Jiro Asada's best selling novel go live on screen, with a legendary Beloved stage performances of Ongaku-za Musical!

Shinji Konuma is a middle aged businessman working for a clothing store. Now, he has a family of his own, but his life hasn't been all roses since he left home rebelling against his father Sakichi, the successful owner of the world-class firm which he started from zero after the World War II. He is confused and depressed, and he is having an affair with his colleague Michiko... One night, he gets drunk and accidentally reunites with his former teacher on a metro platform. Suddenly he remembers it was the day his brother Shoichi committed suicide thirty years ago.

Yuji Hirota, Minako Akimoto, Tomohiro Yoshida, Anju Ida and more

Visual Direction: Mayumi Miyasaka

Miyasaka directed music programs at Space shower TV and joined Sep, Inc. Since then, she directed music videos, live performance programs, commercials and TV drama. In 2005, she made her directorial debut with Angel (distributed by Shochiku starring Kyoko Fukada, Masatoshi Nagase and Hiromi Nagasaku). and this film won the Special Jury prize at 2005 SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL. She is currently working as a freelance director.

FROGS on Screen

7.26 (Sat) 11:30


© AMUSE Inc. / Sony Corporation

2008/Japan/105 min

Distributor: Sony Corporation
*No English subtitles

Young mischievous boys unite for an increasingly popular dance group, Seishun Dance Act and bring it on screen!

Kakeru, a young city boy who loves to dance, spends his summer holidays at his cousin Teru’s in a countryside. They happen to come across a shrine hidden deep in the mountain. There, Kakeru and Teru experience the adventure of a lifetime!

Dori Sakurada, Ruito Aoyagi, Takuya Uehara, Takahiko Yanagisawa and more
Stage Director:
Goro Kishitani
Stage Script:
Kohei Kiyasu
Theme Song:
Haruichi Shindo (Porno Graffitti)
Stage Produced:
Amuse / Nelke Planning

Visual Direction: Katsunori Sato

Born 1978 in Ibaraki, Sato entered Nikkatsu Visual Academy and studied editing. His thesis film Talkie Monochrome was selected at Kanagawa Prefecture Film Contest. His credits include The Story of Tanaka, Fly Bubble Fly, a winner of Excellence Award at SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema Festival 2005, Miruko, Kuroko and Pooh.
FROGS on Screen marks Sato's 4th consecutive return at SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL.

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