KABUKI official website

Kabuki : a wonder of Japanese Culture

TOKYOOther Theatres

Other Theatres

Cinema Kabuki

Cinema Kabuki "Renjishi" with English subtitles at the MOVIX KYOTO

Daily: Apr 7 (Sat) - Jun 28 (Thu), 2018

Movie start: 6:00 PM

*Run time: 55 minutes
*Screening everyday of the week.

*This is a MOVIE and NOT A PLAY.

On sale: from Feb 1 (Thu), 2018 01:00PM(JST)

1,500 yen per person
*All Seats are Non-reserved.
*The tickets may also be purchased directly from the theatre box office.

Access to the theatre

  • Book Ticket

What is Cinema Kabuki?
Kabuki, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating. With gorgeous costumes, stunning makeups, and powerful dramas, Kabuki has been appreciated as the ultimate theatrical art form in Japan which has excited and impressed its people for centuries and had tremendous influence on its wide range of entertainments including theaters and movies worldwide. Live productions, featuring some of today’s greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel surround sound.

Cinema Kabuki "Renjishi" with English subtitles

[The Father and Son Shishi Lions]

Run Time:

55 minutes


Nakamura Kanzaburo
Nakamura Kankuro
Nakamura Shichinosuke


Yoji Yamada


'Renjishi', 'Father and Son Lions' refers to a famous kabuki lion dance. These lions, called 'shishi', are mythical beasts who are associated with an important Buddhist deity. The dance is based on the legend that the 'shishi' thrusts its cubs down to the bottom of a ravine as a test of their strength. The parent 'shishi' will nurtures only the strong cubs which climb up by themselves. The dance of 'Father and Son Lions' usually features a father & son duo as two powerful lions, but in this version the father lion will appear with 2 cub lions. This 'RENJISHI' that was filmed for this movie, not only stars the legendary Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, but also his two talented sons Kankurō and Shichinosuke who shine as the younger lions. Look for unusual hand-held shishi masks which evolve into majestic full mane costumes. The father lion is one of the most sought-after roles for Kabuki dancers.

                        Produced & distributed by Shochiku
                        Supported by Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau
                                Kyoto City Tourism Association