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This feature-length documentary tribute by Swiss filmmaker Daniel Schmid to Kabuki performer and female impersonator Tamasaburo Bando, including a great deal of performance footage, bears the visible influence of Roland Barthes' wonderful utopian short book about Japan, The Empire of Signs, and benefits greatly from this happy input. Like Tosca's Kiss, this film suggests that the documentary may actually be Schmid's most user-friendly form (1995). 89 min.

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