Children's Tales Cast in Shadows
This time, we visit Toyama Prefecture to meet US-born Jack Lee Randall, a weaver of tales for children using shadow puppets. With an overhead projector, paper cutouts, his creativity and his audience's imagination, he adds his own twist to beloved fairy tales, much to the children's delight. We follow Jack as he collaborates with musicians for a live shadow performance like he's never done before. We also tag along with Chinese-native Weng Fei, who operates a concrete pump truck in Gifu Prefecture.
Jack rehearses with fellow shadow theater performer Hirota Ikuyo
Working with musicians playing traditional Japanese instruments, Jack wants to give a magical performance
Jack holds a workshop to introduce children to the wonders of shadow puppet theater
Weng Fei says his work operating a concrete pump truck is both rewarding and fun