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Bunraku [electronic resource]: Masters of Japanese Puppet Theater

Mico/NHK Enterprises
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Born in Osaka some 300 years ago, Japanese puppet theater-Bunraku-is a stunning yet refined spectacle. This program presents the story of Bunraku through two of its greatest masters, puppeteer Tamao Yoshida and chanter Sumitayu Takemoto. Brought together for the last performance of the 20th century, these two "Living National Treasures" transform ancient tales of old Japan into vibrant human drama. Cameras go backstage to capture the immense preparations and grueling, rarely seen rehearsals for their exquisite rendition of the masterpiece Shinju Ten no Amijima.
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53 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 26, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Masters of Japanese puppet theater
  • Tamao Yoshida: Bunraku Master (3:08)
  • Bunraku Puppeteers (3:45)
  • Master Teacher/Master Performer (4:46)
  • Bunraku Chanter (5:27)
  • Education of a Bunraku Chanter (9:00)
  • Tamao Yoshida: Ready to Retire? (2:46)
  • Puppeteer Preparation and Rehearsal (3:46)
  • Bunraku Changer: Perfecting His Craft (5:31)
  • Performance of "Kawasho" Scene (9:13)
  • Artistic Perfection (3:58)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2001.
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30081 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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