Tap: The Last Show

(Tap: The Last Show)


In this breathtaking film, the tap dance choreography and supervision is provided by the highly regarded dancer, HIDEBOH, who is renowned for his work on Takeshi Kitano's samurai film, "Zatoichi”. The dancers featured in its cast are actual leading Japanese experts in tap dance, chosen from large-scale auditions of over 300 dancers.

Venturing to extend his art just a little further, master tap dancer Shinjiro Watari (Yutaka Mizutani) takes a huge leap onstage and finds himself lying on the ground with intense pain in his left leg. Tragically, this mid-show accident caused the dancing prodigy to disappear from show business and the public eye for 18 years. As the decades pass by, Watari has whittled down to become little more than a drunken and disabled recluse.

One day, he is visited by an old acquaintance, theater owner Kiichiro Mauri (Ittoku Kishibe), who tells him, "I want to put on one last show." Mauri wants the gifted Watari to direct a magnificent final production at his theater before he shuts it down, but it is not an offer he can easily accept.  His failure during that fateful show all those years ago still haunts him, and the memory of it has eaten away at him like a curse.

Reluctantly, Watari begins attending auditions for up-and-coming dancers. They are all risking everything to achieve their ambitions, as the curtain falls on the temple of tap dance that Watari and Mauri once brought into being. In the midst of all this, Watari's attention is drawn to one dancer in particular, Makoto (Natsuo Shimizu), a young man who struggles to make a living but refuses to sacrifice his dedication to tap dance. Before Watari realizes it, something long dormant reawakens within him, and he begins to place his hopes and dreams in the young dancers who strive to realize ''The Last Show”.





Yutaka Mizutani, Kie Kitano, Natsuo Shimizu, Ittoku Kishibe

Director: Yutaka Mizutani
Duration (min) :

119min, Theatrical

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG

Action, Drama




English/ Chinese & English





Worldwide except Japan