Classical storytellers Nanryu Kyokudo and Katsura Monshirou offer their takes on the iconic movie monster
"Kogan" and "Rakugo" may sound like the names of Toho movie monsters, but they're actually traditional forms of oral storytelling in Japan, and now a screening & talk event in Kobe in March of 2020 will offer audience members a chance to experience The King of the Monsters in kogan and rakugo form.
The event, entitled "The Future of Special Effects through Godzilla", will take place on March 18, 2020, at the OS Cinemas Kobe Harborland venue in Higashikawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. There will be an afternoon showing at 1:00pm JST and an evening showing at 7:00pm JST. Both showings include a kogan performance by Nanryu Kokudo and a rakugo performance by Katsura Monshirou followed by a screening of the original 1954 Gojira film.
Tickets to the event retail for 2000 yen ($18.20 US), and seating is limited to 140 people per showing.
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