This 30-minute film serves as a primer on kabuki for western audiences. We see excerpts of live performances of four classic kabuki plays filmed as they were presented at the Kabuki Theater of Tokyo before paying audiences. The plays presented are: “Shibaraku,” “Musume Dojoji,” “Kagami Jishi,” and “Sukeroku.” Nine famous kabuki performers are cited in the credits, including one that I’ve heard of before, Kanzaburo Nakamura. The film was produced by Koga Productions for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. I’m not sure when it was made, but I’m guessing the 1970s. It’s quite a beautiful production and should be of value to anyone interested in Japanese pop culture, given the constant references to kabuki in Japanese anime, films and TV shows. If you want to see more films like this, please subscribe to the Art of East and West channel.