A Japanese literature classic that claims God’s tears Stage Play <The Ballad of Narayama>

ONZ Production will be collaborating with renowned Japanese theatrical troupe “Theatre Moments”, bringing into Malaysia a stage play adapted from a classic Japanese novel & The Ballad of Narayama. The play will be staged at Kepong Facthree Event Arts Space from 8th to 12th of November 2017.

The Ballad of Narayama is a novel written by Shichiro Fukazawa in 1956. It was adapted and made into 2 films. The film by the same name directed by Shohei Imamura in 1983 was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes Film Festival in the same year.

The story revolves around a family living in a village, where the village custom says that when a person reaches the age of 70, they are to be taken to die at Narayama, a secret and mystical place in the mountains. But due to poverty and famine, nobody finds the custom wrongful but accepted it as a part of their life. By the end of the story, when the mother was sent up to the mountains on her son’s back, the snow fell. The Ballad of Narayama is a Japanese classic. It shows the way Japanese look at life and how it affects the relationship between family members. To others, the story might seem surreal, but it is the conflicts between tradition and humanity that makes the story so beautiful.

Theatre Moments will be taking the opportunity to present the heart-wrenching story to Malaysian audience. Japan is a very modern country which is still, at times, taunted by violence and blood-spill incidents. Behinds these tragedies is the dark secrets the society has been hiding from people’s sight. The Ballad of Narayama, a story being told from generation to generation for half a century, now performed by native Japanese in their mother tongue, is bound to be a dramatic journey one can hardly forget. It is also a golden opportunity for audience to learn more about a different aspect of Japanese culture that is seldom told. Subtitles are provided in both Chinese and English.

The play was awarded the highest mention, most popular and best overall performance awards at the 4 th Sengawa Theatre Competition.

A short briefing and Q&A session with the director and actors before and after the performance respectively, hence audience can grab a chance to know more about Japanese performing arts and literature.

Performance Details
Produced by:ONZ Production (Malaysia)
Presented by: Theatre Moments (Japan)
Title:The Ballad of Narayama
Playwright:Fukazawa Sichiro
Director:Daisuke Sagawa
Actors:Nakahara Kurea / Masato Aoki/ Matsunami Junpei/ Konno Kenta/ Yunokuchi
Naomi/ Sekiya Mikako/ Daisuke Sagawa

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.
English and Chinese Subtitles provided.

Synopsis
The Ballad of Narayama is a novel written by Shichiro Fukazawa in 1956. It was adapted and made into 2 films. The film by the same name directed by Shohei Imamura in 1983 was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes Film Festival in the same year.

The story revolves around a family living in a village, where the village custom says that when a person reaches the age of 70, they are to be taken to die at Narayama, a secret and mystical place in the mountains. But due to poverty and famine, nobody finds the custom wrongful but accepted it as a part of their life. By the end of the story, when the mother was sent up to the mountains on her son’s back, the snow fell. The Ballad of Narayama is a Japanese classic. It shows the way Japanese look at life and how it affects the relationship between family members. To others, the story might seem surreal, but it is the conflicts between tradition and humanity that makes the story so beautiful.

舞台は、昔の日本の山奥にある貧しい村。この村に住むおりん婆さんは、「楢山参り」の近 づくのを知らせる歌に耳を傾けた。村の年寄りは70歳になると「楢山参り」に行くのが習慣 で、69歳のおりんはそれを待っていたからである。この「楢山参り」とは、70歳になった 老人は聖なる楢山へ捨てられるという習慣であった。おりんは家族のため、自ら楢山参りへ の日を早めようとするが、おりんの息子である辰平はそれを遅らせようとする。しかし、辰 平の息子である今朝吉が嫁を連れてきたうえ、その嫁の妊娠が食料不足の深刻さを増した。
おりんは辰平を説得し、ついに楢山へ行くことを決意させる。辰平はおりんを背負い、遠い 楢山への道を歩いていくのである・・・
カンヌ映画祭でグランプリを受賞したことで世界的にも有名な深沢七郎の「楢山節考」を演 劇化しました。「高齢化社会」に直面している今だからこそ、「私たちは次代に何を遺すべ きか?」と強く問いかけてきます。

Special Promotion : 50% discount off , only available for opening night , limited to 50 seats

Making a block booking (min 20 Tickets, RM80/ticket) kindly contact us at 016-4499090 or enquiry.onzproduction@gmail.com

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( Kindly bank in the total amount within one week after registration to Onz Production Hong Leong Bank Acct No :19600032778 then send the receipt to : 016-4499090 or enquiry.onzproduction@gmail.com to complete the booking )

Box Office Opens

From 8th November 2017 to 12th November 2017

Performance Date & Time

08 th November (Wed) 8:30 pm
09 th November (Thu) 8:30 pm
10 th November (Fri) 8:30 pm
11 th November (Sat) 3:00 pm
11 th November (Sat) 8:30 pm
12 th November (Sun) 3:00 pm
12 th November (Sun) 8:30 pm

Venue

No.11, Jalan Mivo 1, Taman Perindustrian Desa AmanKepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WEBSITE

https://m.facebook.com/ONZProduction/

For enquiries:

Ticketing Hotline (call/whatapps/ wechat)
Tel: 0164499090
Email: enquiry.onzproduction@gmail.com

tickets

RM 120

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