The Spider’s Thread

The Spider’s Thread

Paper Theatre Film based on a famous Japanese Story…..

The film is based on the famous short story by the renowned modern Japanese writer Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. It tells the story of a cold-hearted sinner called Kandata who is in Hell because of his past monstrous life. One day, Buddha looked down from Paradise into Hell and he saw that Kandata had done one good deed in his past life – he had saved the life of a spider.

London-based Japanese theatre-maker Aya Nakamura takes you in to a story about little kindness and selfish betrayal. 

Using the art of Paper Theatre, this short film is cinematically created with college, hand drawings and photographs, inspired by Hokusai and old Samurai movie posters. With music specially composed by Verity Lane, a British sound artist who has dedicated herself to creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments. 

Drawing together the Japanese tradition of Kamishibai with the Western approach of Paper Theatre, see how this unique meeting will unfold.

“This is a unique piece of work that deserves your full attention. ”

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Teaser for The Spider’s Thread
The Spider’s Thread Full Video
The Spider’s Thread full video with Audio Description

Creative Members

  • Aya Nakamura: Directing, Image, Puppeteering, Voice, Camera, Editing
  • Mohsen Nouri: Additional Puppeteering, Voice, Camera
  • Verity Lane: Composer
  • Kō Ishikawa: Shō Player
  • BeiBei Wang : Percussion
  • EmmersivO: Audi Mixer
  • Atsushi Tohriyama: Calligrapher
  • Paul Piris (Rouge28 Theatre): Producer
  • Eleanor Margolies: Audio Describer
  • Monika Kita: Editing Consultant