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Stream or Skip: "Sing, Dance, Perform: Kabuki, Toma Ikuta Featuring" on Netflix, See Inside Japanese Ancient Art

Sing, Dance, Perform: Featuring Kabuki Ikutais a new Netflix documentary following the famous Tora who debuted at Kabuki performances. .. With his best friend Matsuya Onoe. How are documentaries about ancient Japanese art carried by streamers?

Key points:As a child, Toma Ikuta and Matsuya Onoe were performers and promised to play Kabuki together someday. Tohma continued to play and became a heartbeat through a local organization called Johnny, and Matsutani studied Kabuki under his trained father. Matsutani decides to perform his father's Kabuki play, and has Tohma, who has no experience, play the leading role. Singing, dancing, acting: Kabuki featuring Ichio Toma counts down less than two months required for preparation and introduces the difficulties of detail-oriented and complex Kabuki behind the scenes. To do. To be perfect.

Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta
Photo: Netflix

What do you remind me of? :At its core isSinging, dancing, acting: Kabuki Toma Ikutais a countdown documentary that relieves tension from the ever-changing clock. It's only a small part of the execution time, but it reminds me of the accuracy ofThe Beatles: Get Back.

Notable Performance:Tohma's childhood best friend Matsutani pays homage to his father, a Kabuki actor, and the man behind the whole piece. is. Matsuja's presence on the screen is warm and engaging, and is Tohma's main cheerleader in many of the documentaries.

Memorable Dialogue:Much of the tension in the documentary is a classic trained play that Tohma started as a teenage idol in a local Japanese program called Johnny. It means that he was an actor. Many people are on board this Kabuki performance, and he responds by saying:

Gender and skin:Zero.

Our view:Looking inside the artist's preparation is a credible documentary subject, less often seen (at least in the West) that Kabuki gives to the audience. Education at the same time focusing it on no art form. This movie reminds us of the idea that Kabuki is unparalleled, unlike mere theater and dance, and actors who haven't spent years training for it can't master it. Enter Ikuta Toma who is challenging in less than two months.

Tohma and Matsuya are instantly fascinating and their friendship feels healthy. Neither wants to disappoint the other, and both want to praise Matsutani's father for this performance. There are so many details about a particular technique — how accurate gestures and body heights need to be, how specific facial expressions — and that's because his timeline is too short. His skill sniffs to pull this off.

However, the documentary lacks the background of the craft itself, as it is likely that the international audience introduced the Kabuki Theater for the first time. Often referred to as the Kabuki family, Tohma is introduced as an outsider, but explains why the dance style is so exclusive and what it means to Japanese society as a whole. Is not ... Without such a background, it's a little difficult to get to Tohma's journey, even if it's fascinating to see the process.

Our call:STREAMIT. It's a fascinating and educational look to the world of Kabuki, and even if you witness it for the first time, you can still appreciate the form of art.

Radhika Menon (@ menonrad) is a New York City-based television enthusiast. Her work has been published in Vulture, Teen Vogue, Paste Magazine and more. At any time, she can scream long on Friday Night Light, Michigan University, and the perfect slice of pizza. You might call her Rudd.