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Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre – Chaplin’s City Lights(1931)

This year, the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival will hold a special screening on October 27 for the first time in cooperation with Kabukiza, a hub that conveys Japanese traditional culture to the world.
Charles Chaplin,“ the king of comedy,” still attracts people 100 years after his screen debut. Kabukiza opened to the public for the first time in 1889, the year of his birth. Chaplin responded with enthusiasm and excitement to every aspect of Japanese culture, in particular kabuki.
Records state he actually visited Kabukiza when he came to Japan. It is also reported that a Sewamono (a genre of contemporary setting plays in kabuki) titled “Koumori no yasu san” (“Yasu the Bat”) was presented at Kabukiza after kabuki related people returned from the United States, where they were impressed by City Lights, one of
Chaplin’s masterpieces.
Considering this relation between Kabukiza and Chaplin, we selected City Lights for the special screening at Kabukiza. In this event, many guests invited from Japan and overseas will enjoy the kabuki performance by a Kabuki actor before the special screening of City Lights.
*The performance will not be“ koumori no Yasu san.”
Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre

Chaplin visiting Kabukiza. The man next to him Matsumoto KoshiroⅦ.
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Title of the Film: City Lights
A touching human drama presented by the king of comedy, Charles Chaplin. Charlie faces a series of troubles to rescue a blind woman! A challenging silent movie produced by the king of comedy, Charles Chaplin, who dared to fight against the waves of the increasing sound films.
Director: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
Special Screening at Kabukiza Theatre

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MUSIC COMPOSED by CHARLES CHAPLIN except LA VIOLETERA by and Copyright © José Padilla.
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