5 Hours 42 Minutes of Cinematic Adventure!

Four years in the making, culled from 300 hours of footage, Kazuhiro Soda (director of "Campaign", "Mental", "Peace") tackles one of contemporary Japan's leading theatrical minds, Oriza Hirata.

Official Selection

Busan International Film Festival 2012

Festival des 3 Continents 2012 - Winner - Young Jury’s Prize

Featuring Oriza Hirata and the Seinendan Theatre Company

Directed, produced, shot, and edited by Kazuhiro Soda

A Production of Laboratory X, Inc. Production Associate: Kiyoko Kashiwagi

English subtitles by Kameron Steele and Kazuhiro Soda

Japan Foundation Support Program for Film and Visual Media Production on Japan

A Documentary Series
by Kazuhiro Soda
Human beings are beings who act.

Through the fascinating spirit and creativity of Oriza Hirata, Kazuhiro Soda's

THEATRE 1 & 2 evokes a plurality of dimensions cleverly portrayed as

inseparable aspects of the same problem: pedagogy vs. performance, culture vs.

politics, individual creation and experiences vs. collective involvement and

responsibilities. A tale of art in our time, THEATRE 1 & 2 is one of those rare

and precious acts of filmmaking that delves deep into the essence of culture.

- Jérôme Baron

  Artistic director, Festival des 3 Continents

THEATRE 1  - The World of Oriza Hirata
  What is the essence of theatre? A portrait of how Hirata's theories
  and practice have changed Japan's theatrical scene forever.
  [Observational Film Series #3, 2012, HD, 172 minutes, Japan/USA]
THEATRE 2 - The World and Oriza Hirata
  Can the theatre arts survive in the 21st century?
  Theatre, politics, education, robots and money in modern society.
  [Observational Film Series #4, 2012, HD, 170 minutes, Japan/USA/France]

Winner !! - Young Jury’s Prize, Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes

Theatre 1https://vimeo.com/ondemand/37941
Theatre 2https://vimeo.com/ondemand/37943