Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Have discovered a dramedy called タイガー&ドラゴン (Tiger & Dragon). The premise is that a yakuza debt collector goes to lean on a rakugo performer and somehow becomes involved in rakugo. The narrative flows between naturalism—or should I say realism?—and a fanciful rakugo setting. 信じられないですね。 I'm particularly up for it now because 日本語の先生 and I recently read 猫の皿 ("The Cat's Saucer") and 習字の先生 was kind enough to lend me some recordings of rakugo. Also, one of the principals in タイガー&ドラゴン is 西田敏行 (NISHIDA Toshiyuki), who also played Abbyさん's ramen-sensei in The Ramen Girl, a movie I find weirdly comforting. The one season of タイガー&ドラゴン can be had online.

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