Kabuki and Pokemon (and other Japanese cinema)
Fri Nov 10 21:20:37 EST 2000
Are any of your kabuki experts by any chance? There's an image in
Pokemon where the villains from Team Rocket dress up as Kabuki
characters. (If you haven't seen this, I've put up the image at
http://www.wenet.net/~schong/kabuki.jpg). I was wondering if the
costumes they are wearing are generic kabuki-like costumes, or are
actually famous characters from kabuki plays.
This reminds me of other films in which the kabuki characters played
by particular actors seem to figure into the narrative. I'm thinking
of Mizoguchi's "The Last Chrysanthemum" and Ichikawa's "An Actor's
Revenge." I have read Donald Kirihara on the Mizoguchi and Keiko
McDonald on the Ichikawa -- are there any other sources that you have
found interesting on this topic?
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