Combining Traditional Japanese Theatre with Modern Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival

This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival is set to combine traditional Japanese theatre with modern film.  The 27th annual film festival will take place from 23 – 31st October 2014, with the special highlight of a gala screening at the legendary Kabuki-za theatre in Ginza on 27th October.   Kabuki-za theatre is Tokyo’s main venue for kabuki, which can be described as the traditional form of Japanese theatre.  A thorough description about the tradition of kabuki can be found on the Deep Japan travel website in the article Kabuki – True Japanese Traditional Entertainment.  The theatre Kabuiki-za was built in 1889 but as a result of an electrical fire in 1921, then the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, followed by war bombings in 1945 and finally needing to be rebuilt one last time between 2010 – 2013 to meet earthquake safety standards it has been rebuilt a total of four times!  Since reopening in 2013 Kabuki-za has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors!  The Tokyo International Film Festival will naturally attract even further interest towards Kabuki-za and kabuki.