A Japanese performing arts group that choreographed the swordfight scenes in Quentin Tarantino's hit movie "Kill Bill" gave a performance in Warsaw, Poland. But their performances are more than just flashy swordplay. They're on a mission to promote traditional Japanese culture and the way of the samurai. Here's more Tom Ozimek, our Warsaw correspondent.
Quentin Tarantino relied on their flair and expertise to do the combat scenes in "Kill Bill." They also taught actresses Lucy Liu and Uma Thurman how to fight with samurai swords.
[Tetsuro Shimaguchi, Kamui Performance Artist]: "The mood on the set was fantastic. Lucy and Uma are smart and professional. They learned easily, so I had no difficulty teaching them to fight with the sword."
They're called Kamui, a performing arts group from Japan. They taught a martial arts workshop and a one-time performance at a martial arts school in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday.
[Tomasz Sowinski, Event Organizer]: "Kamui conveys the spirit of Japan and the true samurai spirit. They're performance artists, who are able to bring to life the most subtle emotions and technical nuances of a samurai who must fight for his life on the battlefield."
But Kamui is more than just swordplay. The group's mission is to promote traditional Japanese culture and the ancient values of the samurai way.
[Tetsuro Shimaguchi, Kamui Pokerformance Artist]: "To think of the samurai as just a warrior is incomplete. The persona of the samurai is complex and sophisticated. The way of the samurai is to always seek purity, perfection and beauty. So from this perspective, the way of the samurai is not something that only belongs to Japan. It's something that can touch the hearts of everyone and that's the understanding that we're trying to bring to the rest of the world."
Some well-known Polish martial artists came to see the performance.
[Pawel Nastula, Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo]: "It was super. I'm really impressed. I really didn't know what to expect and it was a nice surprise—a great demonstration and a great show."
It seems there was something for everyone at the workshop—from those on the samurai path already to those holding a sword in their hands for the first time.