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Sex and violence can be a good draw to get crowds out to the theater, but don’t underestimate the power of actress Shinobu Terajima to bring audiences to a show.

The 42-year-old Kyoto native is a star of stage, screen and television in Japan. International audiences may know her from her award-winning performance in the 2010 film “Caterpillar,” which won her a best actress award at the Berlinale film festival. The film, directed by the late Koji Wakamatsu, featured Terajima in the role of Shigeko, the wife of a soldier who loses all his limbs in battle and turns into a wriggling sex maniac.

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