Kenjutsu

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Kenjutsu

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Theater The Hideout Theatre
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Run Mar/Apr 2014

Kenjutsu (full title: Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword) was a mainstage show at The Hideout Theatre that was inspired by Japanese samurai films.

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The show depicted epic tales of corruption, power, and betrayal set in feudal Japan, inspired by Japanese samurai films such as Seven Samurai, Harakiri, and 13 Assassins.

The cast trained with, and used on stage, actual bokken (wooden samurai swords). Combat was performed in slow motion. (Somehow, every character Marc Majcher played survived almost every duel.)

Generally, the cast eschewed non-stop action, focusing instead on patience and developing tension.

Prior to the title being finalized, the show was referred to familiarly as Kurosawa in honor of director Akira Kurosawa.

It was featured on the April 18th, 2014 episode of the Yo, Is This Racist? podcast. Host Andrew Ti and guest Tom Kauffman ruled that the show was racist. Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword was mentioned again on the February 5th, 2015 episode of Yo, Is This Racist? when host Andrew Ti used it as an example of "left wing racism".

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