An evil Shogun, sword fighting Ninjas, and a Samurai bent on revenge are promised from Japanese musical drama Kuli-Kala. Set in the 16th century in the mysterious Far Eastern country of Zipang, the live-action, anime-style performance tells the story of an enigmatic Samurai and a group of female Ninjas, all seeking revenge against the wicked Shogun who murdered their families.As the Samurai and the Ninjas struggle to join forces to defeat the Shogun, fast-paced action, superb swordplay and battles ensue! Well known in Japan for their brilliant multimedia effects and flawless ‘Ta-Te’ swordplay, Japanese company 30-DELUX are bringing Kuli-Kala to London for the first time.
The music is by Japanese film composer Toshihiko Sahashi who is well known for scoring soundtracks to popular Japanese anime including Gundam SEED and The Musical Sailor Moon and expect spectacular costumes and amazing special effects.
The production runs from Tuesday November 24th until Saturday November 28th.
“KULI-KALA: REVENGE OF THE SAMURAI – a brand new action-packed tale of murder, revenge and magic featuring the thrill of deftly performed samurai swordplay, live music and song and a chilling story of murder and revenge.
In the mythical province of Zipang somewhere back in the 16th century, a young Samurai’s family has been brutally murdered by an evil Shogun. Sworn to avenge his family’s deaths, the Samurai goes in search of his nemesis; en route he meets three female Ninja warriors (Kunoichi) whose families have suffered the same fate. Each Ninja has a large tattoo – the Kuli–Kala or Acalathe God of Fire – emblazoned across her back…but the wretched tattoo possesses magical powers and forces the Ninjas to attack the Samurai against their will.
As the Samurai and the Ninjas struggle to join forces to defeat the Shogun, swashbuckling sword fights, dynamic choreography, music, song and an intriguing narrative bring this dramatic story to life.
The dashing cast features Junji Shimizu as the Samurai; Masaru Mori as the Shogun; and Minami Tsukui, Ayumi Shimozono and Sena Kaneda as the three Ninja warriors. The story is narrated onstage by British actress/songwriter Lynne Hobday and the gorgeous costumes are by Kiyomi Shimizu.”
WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE KULI KALA:
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London E15 1BX
November 24th-28th at 7.30pm
November 28th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets: £12-£25
0844 357 2625
November 19th – KULI KALA will perform an exclusive extract at Crossrail Roof Gardens, Canary Wharf E14 5AR at 12.30pm and 1pm. Free.
November 27th – KULI KALA will perform at Hyper Japan Christmas Market on the Live Japan stage at Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF www.hyperjapan.co.uk for ticket info
KULI KALA masterclasses:
November 19th at 6.15pm Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Embassy Theatre, 62-64 Eton Avenue, NW3 3HY
November 20th at 11am
University of East London, Institute for Performing Arts Development, University Way, E16 2RD