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Sanja Matsuri

Muscular men dance in the seaside in a battle among equals.

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Hikimado (The Skylight) from Futatsu Chocho Kuruwa Nikki (A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters)

A sumo wrestler and his stepbrother find themselves on opposite sides of the law

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The Women’s Chushingura

Jealousy and intrigue in the ladies chamber

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The Love Story of Izayoi & Seishin

A monk’s love for a courtesan sets him on the path of evil

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The Stone-Cutting Feat of Kajiwara

A pure-hearted warrior and a miraculous sword

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The Treasury of Loyal Retainers

Kabuki’s greatest work

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Heike and the Isle of Women, aka Shunkan

Long-awaited pardon eludes Shunkan

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The Courier for Hell

A man who has stolen money out of love runs away with his lover, but they cannot escape their destiny.

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The Castle Tower

Once-in-a-millennium love of a fairy princess living in a castle tower

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Hokaibo

A lovable villain blending evil and winsomeness, a roguish but engagingly free spirit who ends up indeed a spirit. Hokaibo has retained his strange popularity for over two centuries.

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Nozaki Village

Osome is desperately in love with Hisamatsu, but the latter is already engaged to the innocent country girl Omitsu. The heartbreaking fate of a three-sided love affair.

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The Scarlet Princess of Edo

Sweet child and monk, esteemed princess and thief. Two unusual couples whose fates are linked by karma.

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The Oil-Hell Murder

A money-hungry youth murders a young woman in a brutal scene of blood and oil

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The Fight of the Megumi Fire Brigade

Fights and fires are called “the flowers of Edo”. A showdown between firemen and sumo wrestlers is replete with the ambience of old Edo.

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Masakado

Princess Takiyasha uses sorcery in an attempt to take over the country on behalf of her rebel father Masakado.

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Two Wankyus

“If we could meet in a dream, I would bring our joyful hearts together and dance.” The dream world of a man driven mad by love.

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The Spider

A mysterious monk, who has come ostensibly to cure a lord through prayer, is betrayed by his shadow.

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The Mirror Lion

A lion materializes in the ladies chamber of Edo Castle

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Wait a Minute!

A superhero swoops in to save the innocent. An inventive one-act piece that conveys the joyful feel of Genroku Kabuki.

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The Heron Maiden

An unrelenting passion leads to doom

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Sukeroku: Flower of Edo

Edo’s most famous dandy and most beautiful courtesan

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First great love suicide drama

First great love suicide drama

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Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy

A masterpiece featuring three interwoven tales of parent-child separation

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The Felicitous Soga Encounter

Brothers find their father’s murderer after 18 years of hardship

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The Summer Festival

A gruesome murder in mud and water against the backdrop of Osaka’s joyous summer festival

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The Three Kichisas

Blood pact by three like-named thieves spirals into tragedy

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Yotsuya Ghost Story

A horror story of love, desire and vengeance

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The Love Affair of Yosaburo and Otomi

A downtrodden scar-faced gangster reencounters his first love

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Barrier Gate

Colorful battle between a cherry tree spirit and a rebel aiming to conquer the nation

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The Sword and the Sumo Ring

A poor sumo wrestler is saved by a stranger’s compassion

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Shinza the Barber

A poetic depiction of commoners in Edo Period life

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The Precious Incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai

Tense battle of wills in the ladies chamber

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The Golden Pavilion

A warrior attempts a hostage rescue against a ruthless insurgent, while a young woman aims to save her struggling husband

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The Dish Mansion at Bancho

A chambermaid’s doubts over her lover, a high-ranking official, lead to tragedy

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