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Behold the mighty samurai, standing tall and vigilant, their hard faces fixed in forbidding scowls. Tremble as they draw their long swords and assume their martial positions. Watch as they stumble and fall, shouting at one another like forcibly separated school bullies, after having had their ankles tied to those of three other men. Observe them as, still solemn-faced, they join a ritualistic chorus line, dancing delightfully across the stage to what sounds like accordion tango music.

No, it’s not easy for a samurai to keep his dignity in “Musashi,” the richly entertaining Japanese production that opened this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival on Wednesday at the David H. Koch Theater, where it runs only through Saturday. The unsmiling 17th-century rival warriors at the center of Hisashi Inoue’s remarkable play, directed by Yukio Ninagawa, are every bit as adamantine and blood-lusty as films like Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” taught us to believe their breed were.

Yet events — not to mention a focused team that includes several Zen Buddhists and a retired, motherly dancing girl of many names — conspire to chip away at the single-mindedness of Musashi Miyamoto (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and his archenemy, Kojiro Sasaki (Ryo Katsuji). And though their names, and their resoluteness, are legend in Japan, Musashi and Kojiro don’t stand a chance against the elaborate and multifarious theatrical magic that a venerable playwright and director have gathered against them.

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There are more pictures from the performance here as well.
15 May 2010 @ 10:22 pm
Shochiku has released a new full trailer for Surely Someday, the directorial debut of 27-year-old actor Shun Oguri. The script was written by Shogo Muto (Crows Zero) with some input from Oguri based on some of his own high school experiences.

Plot: Drawing influence from the street musicians of Miyagi, high school students Takumi (Keisuke Koide), Kyohei (Ryo Katsuji), Shuuto (Go Ayano), Kazuo (Ryohei Suzuki), and Yuuki (Tsuyoshi Muro) form a band and spend all their free time practising for their school’s upcoming festival. However, when the festival is abruptly canceled, they come up a dimwitted strategy to fake a bomb threat to force the principal to change his mind. Surprisingly, their plan seems to work at first, but when a real bomb goes off, the group are forced to take responsibility for the explosion and are kicked out of school. Three years later, further details of the incident are revealed as Takumi and company attempt to put their lives back in order.

“Surely Someday” will be released in Japan on July 17, 2010.

The trailer can be found here.

Source: Nippon Cinema & Official Site.
I have been posting my (really wonky) translations of the Official Musashi 2010 (NY & London) Blog to tatsuyafujiwara and just thought I'd link them here too in case anyone wants to read:

- February 2010
- March 2010
- April-May 2010

Also, I scanned the Barbican Musashi programme. It doesn't contain a lot of Ryo (most of the photos taken are of Shun as Kojiro) but there are a few:

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Hi, it's DT here and I went to MUSASHI on the 6th of May 2010. I can only manage to go to one show but I got the chance to interact with Ryo-kun and An-chan.

I wrote the report here.
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10 May 2010 @ 04:26 pm

What better way to start this community off than with a fan report? Last week I was lucky enough to attend all four London performances of Musashi and even luckier, on the third day, I had the opportunity to meet Ryo briefly after the show.

I wrote reports of my experience over all four days, you can read them here (the most recent is at the top so best read from the bottom XD)~
02 March 2010 @ 02:08 pm
Welcome to the community related to all things related to Ryo Katsuji, a place to discuss and share things about the Japanese actor, created and maintained by akumanakoi.

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