The Samurai Artist named KAMUI was formed by Tetsuro Shimaguchi in 1998. KAMUI shows performances mixed with beauty of form, acting, and martial arts.
In Japan, they have their own stages and appear on theatrical performances, movies and show events. They also teach and choreograph sword fighting scenes of movies and stages (e.g. stages at the Meijiza, stages of CHIKYU GORGEOUS, films by a Japanese director Masahiko Makino and some popular musicians PVs)
KAMUI actively collaborate with different genres artists (from Japanese traditional arts such as Kabuki, Nou, Kyogen, Wadaiko , Shakuhachi , Shamisen to foreign arts such as classical ballet dance, orchestra music, rock music, trance music and break dance.)
In oversea activities, the leader of KAMUI, Tetsuro Shimaguchi choreographed the sword fighting scenes of the movie KILL BILL vol.1, and performed as CRAZY88-MIKI.
After the success of KILL BILL, KAMUI has had highly evaluated stages internationally: The Kennedy Center (U.S.A. /in 2005), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland /in 2006 and 2008), Teatro Della Pergola and Palazzo Vecchio (Italy /in 2010), Japan Expo in Paris (France/in 2011), Blue Note Poznan Jazz Club (Poland/in 2013), Hermitage Museum (Russia/in 2015) and so on.
The leader of KAMUI, Tetsuro Shimaguchi created “THE WAY of SAMURAI” named KENGIDO, and opened dojos to teach KENGIDO in Japan, America and Europe. This activity to introduce Japanese SAMURAI culture has been reported by mass media all over the world.
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We are a group of “SAMURAI Artists” who merged a beauty of form, acting, and martial arts.
KAMUI has been performing mainly overseas at venues such as Kennedy Center in the U.S.A., Pergola Theater and Vecchio Palace in Florence (Italy) in Europe, Hermitage Museum (Russia), Armani Hotel Dubai (UAE), Blue Note and others.
Shimaguchi choreographed the sword-fighting scenes and instructed actors in a Quentin Tarantino’s movie “KILL BILL Vol. 1” (he also appeared in the movie as Crazy 88’s “MIKI”). This movie was ranked #1 in the article “The Best Fight Scenes of the 21st Century” published in an US movie news site “Collider” in 2017, and Shimagchi also received a rave review for his work.
Established its own SAMURAI Dojo “Kengido” in 2012, offering Dojo experiences to teach sword techniques in Japan and other countries such as Italy, Poland, Czechia, Lithuania, Belorussia, and the U.S.A.
KAMUI has been involved in creating a short movie “DAIAMOND ROUTE JAPAN”since 2017 which is designed to promote the revitalization of Fushikuma. The movie gained great popularity and achieved more than 22 million views in 2017 and 2020 combined.
In recent years, KAMUI worked with overseas public figures such as a former soccer player Mr. Ronaldinho and a French actor Mr. Gérard Depardieu, and instructed them with SAMURAI techniques.
The leader, Shimaguchi, is the first Asian artist to have won the Consonanze Award in Florence, Italy, in October of 2018.
In October 2019, he was appointed as a tourism ambassador for Aizuwakamatsu City and Fukushima Prefecture.
KAMUI is the only group of “SAMURAI ARTISTS” in Japan which has been disseminating Japanese “SAMURAI” culture as a form of art to the world.
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