The Rakugo Movie (2012)

Rakugo eiga (original title)
The Rakugo Movie (2012) is a genre film featuring Japan's traditional art, 'rakugo' as its theme. It is a modern adaptation of three rakugo tales presented by big film star Takayuki Yamada .


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Credited cast:
Tsubasa Honda ... Author / Natsuki Nakano (segment "Life Rate")
Syunputei Ichinosuke Syunputei Ichinosuke ... Himself
Sanshirô Katsura Sanshirô Katsura ... Storyteller
Takako Katô Takako Katô ... Producer
Haruna Kondô Haruna Kondô ... Film Worker
Sanyutei Kyuza Sanyutei Kyuza ... Himself
Haruka Minowa Haruka Minowa ... Editor
Kenji Murakami Kenji Murakami ... Himself
Ryô Nishikata Ryô Nishikata ... Okami-san
Takuma Otoo Takuma Otoo ... Jinroku, Hidari
Syunputei Pittkari Syunputei Pittkari ... Herself
Shigeru Saiki Shigeru Saiki ... Karuho's father
Hayasiya Sanpei Hayasiya Sanpei ... Himself
Yumika Tajima Yumika Tajima ... Karuho, Hayashida
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Manager


The Rakugo Movie (2012) is a genre film featuring Japan's traditional art, 'rakugo' as its theme. It is a modern adaptation of three rakugo tales presented in three short films(the first tale, ''Before After'' which based on the rakugo "Nezumii" or "Rat";the second one, ''Life Rate'' which based on the rakugo "Shinigami(The Death)" or "The Reaper"; the last one, ''Sarugoke wa Tsuraiyo'' which based on rakugo "Sarugoke" or "Monkey Widow"). It is quite the challenge to not only turn rakugo into feature genre film, but to set such stories in modern society. However, the efforts of young creators from the best art school in Japan, The University of the Arts, made it possible. Written by Anonymous

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It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love! See more »


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Release Date:

6 April 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rakugo the Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 96kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Takeshi Tanaka, Director Issay Matusi, Cameraman Ryo Saito, Film Editor Ryota Nakanishi, post production coordinator Naomi Tanaka team's 2nd. film work that aimed at creating true genre film. See more »


Basically, the all extras are investors and TUA students. See more »


Author: [after realizing her true love to The Man] Hey! Do you remember me?...
[the Man surprised by her voice]
Author: Oh,
[She poses like looking at him by a telescope]
Author: How long can I live?
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Alternate Versions

The film was nominated for international Emmy Awards in 2017 via NHK/East Entertainment. The nominated festival title is Rakugo The Movie. See more »


References The Sandwich Man (1983) See more »

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