Press Release

Christie Supports Premieres Of Japanese-Produced High Definition Cinema Kabuki In Canada

Christie technology enables alternative content to take centre stage at screenings

KITCHENER, Ont. – (Feb 5, 2011) – Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is proud to participate in high definition (HD) digital screenings of traditional Japanese Kabuki Theatre at select Cineplex theatres in Toronto and Vancouver, Feb. 5-9, 2011. Produced by leading Tokyo motion picture/theatre company, Shochiku Co. Ltd., and hosted by  The Japan Foundation, Toronto, the Consulate General of Japan and TomoeArts of Vancouver, these colourful and dramatic Cinema Kabuki performances are playing for only the third time in Canada.


 Legendary actor Kanzaburo stars as the Father Lion in Triple Lion Dance, one of the most sought-after roles in Kabuki theatre (Credit: Shochiku Pictures)

Christie is supplying its powerful Cine-IPM processors to Cineplex theatres housing the premiere Cinema Kabuki screenings of “Heron Maiden,” “Rakuda: Party with a Dead Man” and a repeat screening of the ever-popular “Triple Lion Dance.” Christie’s comprehensive Digital Cinema Image Processing Module (Cine-IPM) converts analog or digital signals of Christie digital cinema projectors,  while controlling quality, and accurately displaying  alternative content such as theatre productions, broadcast television, satellite, business presentations and HDTV sources.

“It is exciting to show ancient Kabuki Theatre to 21st century moviegoers on digital film. Canadian audiences will experience the colours, sounds and drama of a live Kabuki production. We are grateful to Christie for providing the digital cinema image processors to make this viewing possible,” stated Mr. Masayuki Suzuki, director, The Japan Foundation, Toronto. “Without these processors, our dream of showing traditional Kabuki on the big screen would not be realized.”

“Christie is pleased to play a role in supporting the amazing work of Shochiku Co.,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie. “Theatregoers will experience the vividness of this dramatic art form as though they were seeing it live. This is an experience rarely offered outside of Japan.”

About The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is a Japanese semi-governmental organization engaged in international cultural exchange in Japan and every region of the world. It contributes to world peace by promoting dialogue and interaction between Japanese and other peoples through the medium of culture. It consists of 23 overseas offices in 21 countries, including Toronto, a headquarters in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto and two Japanese-language institutes (Urawa and Kansai). 

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world.  From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit for more information.

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