An Evil Villain vs the Spirit of the Cherry

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Arts Documentary hosted by Sarah Alainn and Kataoka Ainosuke, published by NHK broadcasted as part of NHK Kabuki Kool series in 2021 - English narration

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A fantastic dance play "The Snowbound Barrier" from the 18th c. with an ambitious villain defeated by the spirit of the cherry tree in the form of a beautiful woman. Sekibei is the jolly keeper of the barrier, but he is actually a villain in disguise. He tries to cut down the tree in a magical ceremony to seize power, but passes out. The spirit of the cherry appears inside the tree in the form of a beautiful courtesan. Sekibei reveals his true identity as the ambitious court aristocrat Otomo no Kuronushi. Finally, Kuronushi is defeated by the magical powers of the spirit of the cherry.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21 (~2093Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 50 FPS
  • Audio Codec: HE-AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 64Kbps CVBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 28 min
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 432 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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