TOKYO (AP) — Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57. The Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, where he performed regularly, said Kanzaburo — as he was known among the Japanese public — died early Wednesday of acute respiratory distress syndrome.One of Japan's most famous contemporary kabuki actors, Kanzaburo also played roles in film, TV and stage dramas.
Kanzaburo Nakamura／中村 勘三郎
Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki 歌舞伎
Today, kabuki is the most popular of the traditional styles of Japanese drama—and its star actors often appear in television or film roles.