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~ Japanese Drama Project(JDP) presents ~

"Paper Balloon" New York Premier


A Trailer of "Paper Balloon"

Written by. Kunio Kishida

Directed by. Robert McQueen

Paper Balloon is a modern Japanese play It was originally written by Kunio Kishida in early twenty century. Kunio Kishida is one of the most prominent playwrights in 20th century, however, his works have not been introduced in the US yet. He was born in 1820 and are regarded as one of the founders of modern Japanese drama. Most of his works reflect the color of ‘Taisho’ era – which is the period when the first democracy movement happened, and Japan developed its modern culture by getting a strong influence from the western culture. He dedicated to establish the fandamentals of modern theatre in Japan. Mikio Naruse directed a film named Suden Rain ( 'Shu-u) by applying Paper Balloon.


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The performance describes an ordinary Sunday afternoon conversation between a recent married couple. No much is happening in the marriage and their personality differences start generating struggle in the relationship. As a result, their communication becomes more and more silent.



”Long accustomed to writing in the tradition of the flamboyant kabuki, Japanese dramatists had a more difficult struggle in modernizing their art than did writers of fiction and poetry. The work of Kishida Kunio, however, established and matured modern Japanese drama, modeled on the western psychological drama of Ibsen and Chekhov.

J. Thomas Rimer traces the initial modernization efforts undertaken by the first generation of Japanese playwrights of the shingeki, or "New Theatre.'" His study then concentrates on the work of Kishida Kunio, the most important figure in the Japanese theatre of the 1930s and 1940s.

Kishida, who studied with the well-known French director Jacques Copeau in 1921, returned to Japan with the goal of establishing a modern drama of psychological dimensions for the Japanese theatre. His work demonstrated his talent as a playwright and laid the foundation for later modern Japanese playwrights.”


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