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One does not simply theaten Miu with her own death. (Even if you're a Zodiarts commander.)

Real life make believe

So I never did get to write about Kinkakuji. And in fact, I had forgotten to talk about it until Lincoln Center sent out its season-ending email. I'm no connoisseur of high-brow art and layered expressions of humanity's depths, but I can say I enjoyed the decisions behind the play's production. The logistic creativity and symbolic deconstruction of the stage were deeply impressive to a casual theater beginner like me.

I thought Yamakawa Fuyuki was a great contributor, the almost inhuman sounds coming from him really lent credibility to Mizoguchi's descent to madness. Not that Go-kun didn't do a fantastic job selling his character. I thought he, Daito, and especially Takaoka shone in their roles. Or I could just say I'm a complete fangirl and my unashamed bias cannot separate reality from expectation.

It wasn't bias, I swear. You can't prove otherwise!

The brochure was its own special source of amusement. I like how the director had this challenge to find a "grotesque" but likeable actor. V6: fulfilling your charismatically deformed idol casting needs. lol Plus I found it hilarious that ROOKIES and Tumbling showed up respectively under Takaoka and Daito's brief credentials. Now, those are easily two of my most favorite recent jdramas -- I'm not gonna lie -- but still. That's pretty funny. They didn't even bother with Battle Royale for Takaoka. While that movie certainly holds its own in kitsch value, I'm assuming it's slightly more relevant in the hypothetical pop culture hierarchy.

The stuff of critical acclaim.

Kinkakuji got me thinking about the plays I've seen in the past...Collapse )

Anthropological breakthrough

OK is a man sideways.

(But only with certain fonts.)