Bridge of Tears, Bridge of Smiles
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English Title: Bridge of Tears, Bridge of Smiles
Japanese Title: なみだ橋 えがお橋
Romanized Title: Namida-bashi Egao-bashi
Performances: Bow Hall, 9/6 - 9/15; Nippon Seinenkan Hall, 9/20 - 9/26
Based On: n/a
Author/Director: Tani Masazumi
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreography: Yamamura Waka
Available on DVD: VHS only
|Tokusaburou (young master of a large store)||Tsukifune Sarara|
|Izayoi (O-Tose) (a prostitute Tokusaborou loves)||Shirosaki Ai|
|Uhei (master of the Omiya)||Kouki Subaru|
|Kisegawa (a prostitute of Yoshihara)||Mihara Shiho|
|O-Kise (Yoshihara Sanozuchi's wife)||Mimi Anri|
|Choubei (plasterer)||Yoshizuki Eri|
|Houshun (monk) / Chiyada Bokusai (wandering samurai)||Koshino Ryuu|
|O-Saki (Choubei's wife)||Takigawa Sueko|
|Takagi Sadayuu (Hosokawa Clan Samurai)||Kusunoki Keika|
|O-Hisa (Choubei's daughter)||Mihou Aya|
|Saheiji (carpenter)||Aoki Izumi|
|O-Ichi (Sadayuu's daughter)||Aoba Michiru|
|Bunshichi (sales clerk at the Omiya)||Asumi Rio|
Other Cast: Hihou Kokoro, Miyume Himari, Ayahashi Miyu, Enoki Touya, Hazaki Mana, Kouzuki Ruu, Ayao June, Yumesaki Nene, Shirahana Remi, Ryuuki Kazuto
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
A comedy surrounding money and the things people will do for it, or for lack of it.
Tokusaburou and Izayoi flee together, since neither can pay off her father's debt which she is working off as a prostitute. They are resolved to jump together off of the bridge, but the bridge is unusually busy that night. They are continuously interrupted by various people attempting to solve their own problems. This includes Chouhei, who gives his daughter O-Hise to O-Kise temporarily for a loan of money. In return he promises to pay the money back, but when he catches the two lovers about to jump off the bridge, he reluctantly gives them the money instead. Just as they get ready to leave as well, happy in their unexpected good fortune, another young man comes along and attempts to jump off the bridge. He has lost his master's money. Tokusaburou and Izayoi give him the money they were given, but now are faced with a worse problem than before... How can they jump from the bridge when they still owe Chouhei money?
Tokusaburou comes up with a rather clever plan....
Tsukifune Sarara replaced Kiriya Hiromu during both runs of the show.
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