(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/6.)

This is an extraordinary theatrical event: a production by the dazzling Yukio Ninagawa of a Zen comedy-drama by Hisashi Inoue, who died only a month ago, that questions the samurai ethos and the cult of violent retribution. Although the production, played in Japanese with surtitles, runs for three hours, it is remarkable for its lightness, speed and benevolent pacifist instinct.

via www.guardian.co.uk

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