Kabuki Theater – Ono Kazuo – The Written Face

In Kabuki theater, men traditionally play women’s roles. Rather than imitating the woman, the Onnagata, as we see in Western theater, the man’s role is to attempt to represent the woman. Sadly, Japanese Kabuki is a disappearing art form, however. In the Written Face, a four act film, Ono Kazuo gives us a glimpse into the identity of one of its last artists and champions,Tamasaburo Bando. The subtleties in The Written Face make it visually captivating and profoundly entertaining. But […]

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