Kabuki Dance II: Bando Tamasaburo
Featuring Tamasaburo Bando III, Kabuki’s greatest performer of female roles. Part fairy tale, part ghost story, Princess Yôkihi (Yang Kwei Fei) is one of the most beautiful love stories in Chinese history. Set in eighth-century China, it tells the story of Gen Sou (Huan Tsuang), the last T’ang emperor, who falls in love with a servant girl and makes her his empress. The incredibly moving final scenes show Gen Sou losing his Cinderella, then regaining her in a mystical embrace from beyond the grave. Optional English Commentary by Paul Griffith. Optional Japanese Commentary by Kentaro Okuda.