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okay, under some circumstances it *is* okay to remake CASABLANCA

February 10th, 2010 (10:22 am)
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HEY GUYS! Did I forget to tell you that there is a Japanese musical revue of CASABLANCA with an all-female cast?

What? I did? Stupid me.

You must remember this...

Gorgeous Japanese women. Singing. Mostly in male drag. Some with moustaches. (One, dear God, in more or less blackface, because she's playing Sam and Japan is another planet.) Cigarettes and bottles of booze and really nice suits. You know which one is Victor Laszlo because she has a huge scar over one eye. Minimalist sets so there is little or nothing to distract you from the insanely hot Japanese women wearing men's suits and getting their Bogart and Rains on. Several of you are already ignoring me and have clicked on the cut because you are wondering if the reason I know all this is that I have seen a trailer and have thoughtfully embedded it for you.

The answer to your question is, "Oh, my, yes."

Is it available on DVD? Yes, it is. Do I own it? I do not. Are there English subtitles? I doubt it. Is it compatible with your DVD player? Probably not. Are you ordering it anyway? Yes, you are.


Posted by: Elisabeth Bibat (elsab)
Posted at: February 10th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)

The girls at Takarazuka are always great. Quite a few of them graduate into becoming serious actresses in their own right but I've always loved their revues. The girls also did a Phoenix Wright musical.

I think there are some fansubs of their work floating around but I don't know if this is one of them.

Posted by: PROBE UNIVERSE (liviapenn)
Posted at: February 10th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
dc: i'll stop writing femslash when

Yessss, the Tarazuka revue! Youtube also has a couple of numbers from their version of Singin' in the Rain. (singing/dancing starts at about 1:55)

Posted by: mendori (mendori)
Posted at: February 10th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)

Oh yes, Japan, how I love you. You do horrible things to my brain, and I love you for it. You produce things like this, and I love you for it.

God those suits are sexy.

Posted by: vito excalibur (vito_excalibur)
Posted at: February 11th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)

Those are some nice suits. *drools*

Posted by: Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehz (tomoyodaidouji)
Posted at: February 12th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Mom?  Dad? :(

To answer a few of your questions: Yes, Casablanca and any other play they've done since the 70's or so is available on DVD. The DVDs are even region-free, so they'll work on any DVD player, and are very professionally recorded and edited (which is good, 'cause you're paying the yen equivalent of over 100 bucks per DVD). Unfortunately, according to #9 on their ordering/shipping policies page, they only ship to within Japan.

As far as subtitles are concerned, half of the Takarazuka DVDs I own have Japanese subtitles only on the songs, and the others have no subtitles at all. If you want an English subbed version, there are fan communities that make them, if you feel like digging. As far as I could tell from the promos, they've done a fairly good adaptation, so if you watched the English version beforehand, you could probably piece together what's going on well enough.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy! ^^

PS, they've also done Hamlet The Rock Opera. Hi. larious.

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