Japanese actor who took Kabuki to the world dies at 57

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Japanese Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura (L) of Tokyo's Heise Nakamura-za theatre performs during a dress rehearsal for ''Summer Festival: A Mirror of Osaka'' in Berlin May 14, 2008 file photo. One of Japan's top kabuki actors, Nakamura, who worked hard to modernise the centuries-old theatre form and performed around the world, died on December 5, 2012 after a five-month battle with cancer, Japanese media reported. Nakamura, 57, was born to a family of longstanding performers in the ancient kabuki theatre - known for elaborate make-up, extravangant costumes and all-male casts - and began performing at the age of three. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files