Drama on 3 is a Drama programme.

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Drama on 3

Thousand Cranes is celebrated in Japan as a modern literary classic. It's author Yasunari Kawabata was the recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is a new adaptation for radio by Jude Cook. Following the death of his parents, bachelor Kikuji finds himself attracted to his father's last mistress, Mrs Ota. Meanwhile his father's first mistress - the manipulative Miss Kurimoto - urges him to pursue Yukiko, the Inamura girl, an ethereal young woman. Death, desire and envy convene around the art of the tea ceremony, where each detail is charged with intense significance. The story takes place against the backdrop of a country in transition. In the late 1940s, Japan was attempting to value and preserve tradition, while seeking to industrialise and embrace modern capitalist values following the trauma of the Second World War. Part of this modernisation involved questioning the power balance of sexual relations, where men had traditionally held the upper hand. A meditation on fulfilment, isolation, submission, and passivity versus action.

Genre: Drama

When is Drama on 3 next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 3 December 6th, 7:30pm and on BBC Radio 3 December 13th, 7:30pm. See more...

Main Cast

Image for Stephen DillaneStephen Dillane
Lee Ross
Jo McInnes
Image for Toby JonesToby Jones
Anastasia Hille
Image for Fenella WoolgarFenella Woolgar
Colin Stinton
Emma Harding
Image for Naoko MoriNaoko Mori
Jeremy Mortimer
Kazuko Hohki
Clare Corbett
Finn Den Hertog
Yuriri Naka
Jack Farthing
Joel MacCormack
Daisy Edgar-jones
Stefan Adegbola
Luke Nunn
Nino Furuhata