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A man who has given up a career as a Rakugo storyteller is asked to give lessons of Rakugo to a boy who has shut his mind after being bullied at work. Through Rakugo lessons, can they find their confidence in life?
Less known internationally than the other traditional Japanese arts, Rakugo is a form of traditional comic storytelling in Japan, performed only verbally where a Rakugo storyteller plays all the roles and movements in a story only with his voice, a fan and a handkerchief.
Directed by Hiroyuki Itaya, known as a music PV director for "Shangri-la" by DENKI GROOVE (1997) and many other musicians, the film stars Taihei Hayashiya as a master Taihei who is a real-life Rakugo storyteller.
Set in the Edo period, Sadakichi returns home to take a holiday from his work after being bullied at work. In order to cheer up their little son, his parents ask their gloomy looking neighbor Taihei, a former Rakugo storyteller, to give a performance for him. Sadakichi is deeply moved by his performance and hopes to become Taihei's apprentice. Taihei starts Rakugo lessons for Sadakichi and gives him a chance to perform Rakugo on a stage. As Taihei watches over Sadakichi trying hard for a stage performance, Taihei himself overcomes his past and finds again a delight in the storytelling. At last they promise each other to start over their life.
Taihei Hayashiya - One of the most popular Rakugo storyteller
Nayuta Fukuzaki "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" (2014)
Yasuko Tomita "Lonelyheart" (1985)
Gori "GOEMON" (2009)
Momoka Ohno "Wolf Children" (voice actress, 2012)
Director / Writer / Editor: Hiroyuki Itaya "Shangri-La" by DENKI GROOVE (music PV, 1997)
Art Supervisor: Yohei Taneda "Air Doll" (2009) "Kill Bill Vol.1" (2002)
Music: Yasuhiko Fukuda "Dead Sushi" (2012) "Robo Geisha" (2009)
Release in Japan: August 23, 2014 / Length: 95min / Vista / 5.1ch surround
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