THE LIVING KOHEIJI
SAT 21 SEPT @ 2PM | Arc Cinema
1982 | TBC | 78 mins | Japan | D: Nobuo Nakagawa
Set during the Edo period, The Living Koheiji is director Nubuo Nakagawa's final film. In this theatrical ghost story, unpopular kabuki actor Kohata Koheiji is desperately in love with his best friend's wife. After a jealous feud leads to Koheiji's unexpected death, he hauntingly reappears to his best friend Nako Takuro, whose grief and guilt leave him adrift in a world between dreams and reality - testing the strength of his wife's love.
Based on Suzuki Senzaburo's 1924 play, Nakagawa's film adaptation upholds the original kabuki style of short, poetic dialogue, along with traditional kabuki instruments and songs, in order to convey this myserious, eerie tale.