Monday, April 30, 2007

A Roman samurai in London

Japanese theater director Yukio Ninagawa has produced a samurai version of Coriolanus in London.

The original tragedy, by William Shakespeare, concerns the life of the Roman general Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, whose life story didn't need much in the way of dramatic license to be turned into a tragedy for the stage.

The samurai version of Coriolanus, played by Toshiaki Karasawa, the "Alan Rickman of Japan," as director Ninagawa calls him. In real life, he's married to actress Tomoko Yamaguchi.

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