Saturday, February 19, 2011

Taichi Saotome swordfight performance amazing display of shadows and light

by Chris MaGee

During this busy week it was great to see something truly fascinating to ease the pressure. That came in the form a YouTube video posted by stage and screen technology studio Team LabNet of a New Year's performance titled "Dragon and Peony: Sword Dance and Shadowgraph". The video features Taichi Saotome, who if the name doesn't ring an immediate bell don't worry. I had to look him up myself, but it turns out 20-year-old Saotome is the young male actor who played female roles in Takeshi Kitano's "Zatoichi" and "Takeshis'". Saotome is a well known stage actor in Japan and he was asked to take part in this wonderful display of live performance and projected film. What you are about to see is all choreographed between Saotome and what is being projected on the screen behind him. Enjoy!

Thanks to Anime News Network for this great video.

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