Shadow Boxing To An Extreme: Kagemu

Recently a friend, “B”, showed me a video by a Japanese performing artist, using lots of clever light and choreography. Turns out it’s actually a pretty famous act called Kagemu (カゲム) featuring a pair of men: Hanabusa Nobuyuki who designs the animation and Sakakura Katsumi who does the dance/fighting. Katsumi is 48 years old as of writing, but it’s hard to notice. 🙂

Every year in Japan just after New Year, there is a TV show which brings talent from around the world to perform, and get rated by judges in the form of how much money they would pay to have them do a show. This was Kagemu’s performance last year (2011) for that show. Ignore the :

And earlier this week, they did a new performance on the same show:

Pretty amazing to watch. It’s just “smoke and mirrors”, so to speak, but it is pretty imaginative. Enjoy and Happy Friday! 🙂

P.S. Ignore the bad English at the beginning of each clip. You see that a lot on Japanese TV, and just get used to it after a while. :p I suppose it’s no worse than some of the stupid stuff you see on American TV.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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