Shura is based on Kamikakete sango taisetsu, a kabuki play by Nanboku Tsuruya. Under the hand of Toshio Matsumoto, the film is a synthesis of kabuki and noh theatre, as well as modern cinematic techniques. Matsumoto’s radical editing and narrative techniques are utilised sparingly and expertly to convey the isolated and stuttering thought processes of Gengobe with such convincing efficiency that we become utterly trapped within his mind.
Date and time: August 14; 7.30pm
Venue: 93 Stamford Road, National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre, Basement
Price: $9, available through National Museum of Singapore’s Visitor Services Centre or SISTIC. Log on to www.nationalmuseum.sg for more information.