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Sakura / Secret Hunter




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English Title: Cherry Blossoms / Secret Hunter -There’s Nothing in This World I Can’t Steal-
Japanese Title: さくら -妖しいまでに美しいおまえ- / シークレット・ハンター -この世で、俺に盗めぬものはない-
Romanized Title: Sakura / Sheekuretto Hantaa -Kono Yo de, Ore ni Nusumenumono wa nai-

Troupe: Star
Year: 2007
Performances: Grand Theater, 3/23 - 4/30; Tokyo Theater, 5/18 - 7/1
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 4/10; Tokyo Theater, 5/29

Cherry Blossoms:

Author/Director: Tani Masazumi
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreography: Nishizaki Mayumi, Yamamura Waka, Hanayagi Kinnosuke, Fujima Toyohiro

Secret Hunter:

Author/Director: Kodama Akiko
Music: Yoshida Yuuko, Tama Shouichi
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Masaki Rino
Shinjin Kouen Director: Inaba Daichi

Available on DVD: Yes (release date 6/20/07)
DVD Scene/Music Cut: None

Cast

RoleCastShinko Cast
Dagobert (Thief who works in the Caribbean Sea boasting that there is nothing he can’t steal)Aran Kei Mahiro Shun
Jennifer (Princess of the Kingdom of Pallas Athena, which possesses an island in the Caribbean Sea.)Toono Asuka Hazakura Shizuku
Sergio (Insider who gives “jobs” to Dagobert. Smart and probably Dagobert’s best friend)Yuzuki Reon Yumeno Seika
King of France (The Incumbent king of Pallas Athena. Jennifer’s grandfather)Natori Rei Mizuki Ryou
Dagobert’s fatherEma Naoki Kurenai Yuzuru
Dagobert’s motherEma Naoki Minaho Sari
Felicia (Jennifer’s mother)Mari Yuzumi Yashio Yuumi
Joel Robuchon (French professional hit man nicknamed “Baron”)Tatsuki You Tsurumi Mayuu
Max (Guard serving the royal family of Pallas Athena)Suzumi Shio Nanakaze Umi
Brigitte (Max’s younger sister brought up with Jennifer)Koto Marie Hisaki Seara
Anna Maria (Woman-detective determined to arrest Dagobert)Minami Mari Otohana Yuri
Ignacio (Anna-Maria’s not-so-reliable assistant capable of firing blindly.)Kazu Ryouka Aomi Rima
NicholasNishiki Ai Ichijou Azusa
IsabellaAsamine Hikari Hanasono Miyuu
ChrisAyaka Rei Miya Rurika
AlbertMahiro Shun Kisaragi Ren

Others:
Senka: Matsumoto Yuri (Sakura)

Star Troupe:
Shiran Masumi, Miki Chigusa, Momoka Sari, Ayame Hikaru, Marino Yui, Suzuno Katsuki, Hoshikaze Erena, Yuuho Satoru, Mishiro Ren, Amagiri Mayo, Umezono Sachi, Ginga Ami, Ayami Haya, Kawai Mizuho, Hanami Yuuka, Amao Keika, Hatsuse Yuka, Kazuki Shin, Junka Marii, Hana Nonomi, Naruka Marin, Haruna Hitomi, Marimura Kaoru, Maiya Riri, Shirotae Natsu, Aono Yuki, Minakaze Rina, Asato Mao, Naoki Jun, Kai Hayato, Shiotsuki Shuu, Hanakaze Mirai, Kitori Mariya, Tenju Mitsuki, Yuuka Riko, Ooki Makoto, Otoha Minori, Shingetsu Saku, Senju Haru, Aimi Serena, Kotoshiro Manaka, Masabuki Minori, Miharu Ayaka, Hishiro Yua, Makaze Suzuho, Seki Yurito, Shizuki Otone, Honjou Kureha, Wakanatsu Ayame, Kizaki Reo, Shirayuri Hime

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Cherry Blossoms


Scene 1-4: Prologue

A luxuriant overture rolls out. Then, the stage is lit up with a clang of wooden clappers. A galaxy of Young Men and Beauties of Cherry Blossoms are standing in line as if they were vying with full-blown cherry blossoms in splendor. They sing and dance centering around the Young Man of Cherry Blossom S.

Young Man of Cherry Blossom S ~ Aran Kei
Beauties of Cherry Blossoms S ~ Toono Asuka, Matsumoto Yuri
Young Men of Cherry Blossoms A ~ Yuzuki Reon, Tatsuki You, Suzumi Shio

Scenes 5-11: Dolls of Seasonal Festivals

The dolls of seasonal festivals are stored in a dark box-room after the festivals. The scenes comically represent the sentiments of such dolls.

Warrior Doll ~ Aran Kei
Empress Doll ~ Toono Asuka
Emperor Doll ~ Yuzuki Reon
Shouki (Demon-queller) Doll ~ Tatsuki You
Peach Boy Doll ~ Suzumi Shio

Scenes 12-15: Bamboo Lanterns

In the course of lantern festival, a warrior of the defeated Heike clan rises from the dead and sings while dancing, cherishing the life he spent admiring the changing figures of cherry trees: a sad love story of the fleeing Heike warrior and Shirabyoshi, a medieval dancing courtesan who performs in white samurai’s formal costume carrying a large white sword.

Fleeing Heike Warrior ~ Aran Kei
Shirabyoshi ~ Matsumoto Yuri

Scene 16: Kyogen in the operetta style Hanaori

Hanaori, a famous piece of Kyogen (the farce that usually accompanies Noh, the traditional Japanese musical drama) is comically performed in the operetta style.

Buddhist Parishioner ~ Tatsuki You
Warrior Monk ~ Suzumi Shio

Scenes 17-20: Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms that have bloomed and fallen unseen on remote mountains are carried away by the wind and meet the pale pink cherry blossoms. While traveling together, they find out that they have many friends. They sing and dance, intending to make the most of their brief but beautiful lives. The kimono costumes done in the Tsujigahana method of Ichiku Kubota enhance the magnificence of the scene.

Man of Cherry Blossom S ~ Aran Kei
Women of Cherry Blossoms S ~ Toono Asuka, Matsumoto Yuri
Man of Cherry Blossom A ~ Yuzuki Reon
(All other performers)




Secret Hunter


In the 1940’s, a man sneaks into the museum on a Caribbean island in order to steal the brilliant crown jewels. He approaches the jewelry skillfully evading security devices one after another. However, at the moment he is just about to put his hand on the jewelry, alarms begin to blare. Guards immediately arrive followed by the woman-detective Anna-Maria and her assistant Ignacio who have long pursued this thief. Nevertheless, the thief escapes with the crown jewels.

The thief Dagobert alias Dag, who boasts that there is nothing he cannot steal, comes to Sergio who always has inside information on objects worth stealing. It was Sergio who commissioned Dag to steal the royal jewelry. Dag has no sooner received his share of the jewels than Sergio gives him another assignment. Dag is surprised to learn that the thing he should steal is a woman. Sergio insists that whatever he steals matters little, persuading the hesitant Dag to accept the job.

A party is held on a gorgeous yacht in honor of the princess of Pallas Athena who is visiting the island governed by her kingdom for the first time. Following Sergio’s instruction, Dag slips onto the ship and approaches his target, a woman in a red dress. He perfectly succeeds in taking her off the ship. Shortly afterward, the abduction of Princess Jennifer throws the party into an uproar. Max who serves the royal family as guard hurries off the ship with the palace guards including Chris in order to find the princess. Nicolas is desperate to secure the Crown for his son Albert, who is Jennifer’s second cousin. Nicolas therefore considers the abduction to be a golden opportunity for his son to accede to the throne.

Dag brings Jennifer into a restaurant where Sergio is supposed to be waiting for them. He is dismayed by the reports that Princess Jennifer of Pallas Athena has been abducted. Upon the realization that he has abducted the princess, he rushes out of the restaurant with Jennifer. On second thought, he feels inclined to run away and leave her behind to avoid any more problems. However, Jennifer wishes to be with him a little longer. Although he isn’t sure if he should be with her any longer, he goes downtown with her. Jennifer enjoys the Caribbean holiday, talking with people and playing games in the streets. She thanks Dag for giving her the wonderful holiday she has dreamed of. They feel attracted to each other after spending the day together. Suddenly, a man attacks Jennifer. Dag risks his life to protect her. Nearby street musicians help Jennifer and Dag get away. They decide to leave the island. Nicolas is furious when he hears that the assassination of Jennifer failed. He calls the French professional hit man Joel Robuchon, alias the Baron, and entrusts him with the assassination of the princess.

Jennifer and Dag come ashore the island called Bali of the Caribbean known for its colorful flowers. The Baron also arrives at the island. Fortunately, a priest walking there and painters sketching nearby bravely defend Jennifer and Dag, so that they can get away from the Baron. Dag now wonders why there are people nearby to come to their rescue in time. They see Max pointing a revolver at Sergio. Max reveals that he ordered Sergio to abduct the princess in order to prevent her from succeeding to the throne. Dag realizes that he has been used as a tool. Jennifer has the quick wit to turn the situation against Max. Sergio assures Dag that he can handle Max alone and tells him to run away with Jennifer. After Dag and Jennifer have escaped, Max admires Sergio’s good performance as an actor.

The island is alive with carnival festivities, which Jennifer is excited to see. Dag tells her that he was born on the island. They are soon engulfed in the parades of the carnival. At the height of the celebration, the Baron comes out of the masquerade parade and kidnaps Jennifer. The Baron’s men prevent Dag from following her. Dag beats one of them off and dons his mask. Shortly afterward, Dag catches up with the Baron and rescues Jennifer. Dag runs up with Jennifer to a chapel standing in a ruined fortress. He tells her that he used to play there in his childhood, and finds a coin he had hidden there for the sake of his dead father. He thinks about his father who was proud of being a descendant of a pirate. Jennifer asks Dag why he, who seems to be a good person, became a thief. He answered as continued to look for only one treasure. They are even more attracted to each other in the course of their escape. Just as Dag is kissing Jennifer, she stops him and tells him that she has a deep secret. However, before she can tell him the secret, a bullet speeds past them. The Baron, his men, Anna-Maria and her assistant arrive. Grabbing Jennifer’s hand, Dag climbs up to the top of the fortress where there are old canons. Anna-Maria and her assistant arrive at the battery ahead of them. Dag tells the woman-detective that the true perpetrator of the abduction is not he, and asks her to take Jennifer to a safe place while he diverts the attention of the Baron and his men. Just after Jennifer and Anna-Maria have gone, the Baron reaches the top of the fortress. Dag exchanges fire with the Baron. When the Baron becomes aware that Dag has no more bullets, he takes his time to zero in on Dag. Then, with a shout from Max, followed by gunfire, the Baron falls. Max shows up with gun in hand, and Anna-Maria, leading a troop of policemen, and Jennifer run up to the top of the fortress. However, the Baron with a final spurt of energy, pulls the trigger aiming at Jennifer. Dag notices the Baron and immediately covers her with his body. He falls down slowly, and sees something in his fading consciousness. What is it?


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