Japanese dance and performance troupe s**t kingz released a video performing to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Dictator – Final Speech,” 80 years after the film was released, to deliver a message to have humanity and kindness to make the world today a better place.
“The Great Dictator” is a 1940 American political comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, and starred in by one of the legendary comedians, Charlie Chaplin. The film received five Academy Award nominations. The film tells the story of a Jewish barber (Chaplin) who is mistaken for a dictator he resembles and is asked to take his place. At the film’s conclusion, he delivers the final speech to address peace and compassion.
s**t kingz Performance: “The Great Dictator – Final Speech”
Performance/Planning/Configuration/Choreography: s**t kingz
Director of Photography: Masahiro Karube
Assistant Camera: Kodai Hamano
Light: Tatsuniwa Doi
Light Assist: Naoyuki Katagi
Special Thanks: Charles Chaplin The Great Dictator © Roy Export SAS
Cooperation: The Chaplin Society of Japan
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What brought us to create this video:
We have met so many people from all over the world through our work. The connections with those people beyond the nation and race led us to travel around the globe. We have realized that these experiences and the people we’ve met shaped us into who we are today, and they’re our most valuable assets. There is so much going on in the world right now, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic’s chaos and discrimination. The problems associated with “Liberty and Justice” have been going around for a very long time in the world. As we witnessed people and our friends fighting against “discrimination” and the prejudice to “differences,” we discussed our thoughts on this very sensitive matter. And we concluded that we should share our thoughts with the world.
The reason why we chose this movie:
We got to watch one of the greatest entertainers we have massive respect for, Charlie Chaplin’s movie “The Great Dictator.” He entertained so many generations by silent film, so the fact that he gave us a speech at the end of this movie inspired us so much. His stirring speech proposed “Liberty and Justice” for a better future. However, sadly the same issues are still here decades later. We created this video to call for “Liberty and Justice” in the world using the speech from “The Great Dictator.”
About s**t kingz
s**t kingz is a quartet dance performance group consisting of members shoji, kazuki, NOPPO and Oguri. They started performing together in October 2007 as back-up dancers. In 2008, they served as back up dancers for Mariah Carey at the MTV Awards in Japan. From 2010-2011, s**t kingz won the American dance contest “Body Rock” for two years in a row. They made history by becoming the first Japanese dance group to win the competition.
They have also choreographed dances for more than 250 songs for Japanese and international artists, such as AAA, w-inds., Daichi Miura, Da-iCE, DISH, EXILE THE SECOND, various artists from Johnny & Associates, BoA, SHINee, SUPER JUNIOR, EXO, etc.
s**t kingz held a live streaming dance show NAMA! HO! SHOW! -Live streaming dance show- in June 2020, and NAMA! HO! SHOW!!～ON&OFF～ in August 2020 to audiences worldwide. In the 13 years of their career, s**t kingz have performed in over 20 countries, establishing a leading position in the Japanese entertainment scene as a worldwide performer.
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