Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Kazuki Nakashima’s spectacles of manga and Kabuki and romance legends
Kazuki Nakashima (Gekidan Shinkansen)
Beginning from the small-theater scene of Osaka and going on to make their theater company
one of Japan’s most popular, director Hidenori Inoue and playwright Kazuki Nakashima create spectacular romantic dramas with highly individualistic characters taken from history and legend that have captured the hearts and imaginations of young people as a popular new form of entertainment. Their grand-scale theater productions of their works staged at the entertainment industry-leading Toho and Shochiku theaters and starring pop idols and Kabuki actors sell out in a matter of hours. Nakashima, who also wears another hat as a
magazine editor and
artist, speaks about his broad-ranging theatrical vision that even extends to classical Kabuki.
(Edited by Jun Kobori from an interview recorded in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Nov. 1, 2006; cooperation: Village Inc.)