Monday, October 28, 2013

Asian Lears

Besides Wu Hsing-kuo's Lear is Here, which we'll discuss today using the video chapters and background information available on MIT's Global Shakespeares Electronic Archive, Tuesday's class will touch on two other "Asian" adaptations of King Lear: Akira Kurosawa's 1985 film masterpiece Ran (trailer here)

and Singaporean theatre artist Ong Keng-Sen's polyglot, mutlistyle LEAR, which juxtaposes the conventions of Beijing opera and Japanese noh.  (Full video at that link - please watch a minute or two - and there are several good articles about it.)
Either of these two are fair game for final research papers!

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