Actor Kiichi Nakai, 48, has been called up for jury duty in Shibuya to play his part in 74-year-old director Yukio Ninagawa’s rendition of “12 Angry Men” (“Juuninin no ikareru otoko.”) The stage play got underway Tuesday and takes place on a small stage around which the audience sits.
Ninagawa let the media in for a glimpse of action before the opening show at the Bunkamura Theater Caccoon in Shibuya, and Nakai said he was nervous as it is his first appearance in a Ninagawa play. The accomplished director however was much more relaxed, saying: “It’s easy when you have good actors. I don’t have to do anything this time.” Actor Tokuma Nishioka, 63, a regular in Ninagawa’s plays, jibed: “He hasn’t raised his voice once yet, which is pretty rare.”
“Juuninin no ikareru otoko” runs until Dec 6.© Japan Today