Black Jack / Full Swing!
Picture Credit: laurel / Official Chirashi, from personal collection
English Title: Black Jack -A Lucky Bet- / Full Swing!
Japanese Title: ブラック・ジャック 危険な賭け / FULL SWING!
Romanized Title: Black Jack -Kiken na kake- / Full Swing!
Performances: National Tour, 11/18 - 12/07
Based On: the Black Jack manga by Tezuka Osamu
Author / Director: Masatsuka Haruhiko
Composer: Takahashi Kuni
Choreographer: Sha Tamae
Author / Director: Miki Akio
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 02/28/23)
Available on DVD: No
Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Iris / Kisaragi Megumi
|Black Jack's Shadow
Other Cast: Ayaji Yurika, Saaya Ichigo, Asaka Yurara, Nanashiro Miyabi, Kanaha Mio, Haruki Reo, Suzumiya Ranna, Mio Ayuto, Hanahane Rimi, Ayahime Mimi, Hoshioka Shizuku, Miyabi You
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In the mid 1980s there was a coup d'etat in a certain South American country which was a former British colony. A plot to kill the British Queen almost succeeded but MI6 the secret spy agency rescued the Queen by putting her in the care of a rogue unlicensed doctor, Black Jack. The coup d'etat failed and Black Jack became famous. He was a strange but romantic looking character. His long black hair, streaked with gray, made him look debonair. He had a nasty scar on his face and he always wore a black cape.
Meanwhile in London, two retired MI6 agents Cain and Joey now are bookmakers who specialize in collecting and analyzing information from around the world. They bet there would be a coup d'etat. The day the coup failed Joey tells Cain a man called Sutherland is looking for him. Sutherland is an international arms dealer. Joey guesses Cain gave Sutherland information about the coup. When it failed Sutherland probably lost a lot of money and blames Cain. Joey takes Cain to Heathrow Airport. When they are trying to escape, Cain suddenly collapses. Sutherland gives up the chase. Just by coincidence Black Jack is at the airport. He examines Cain and then Cain is taken to the hospital.
Black Jack meets an MI6 official, Noble Snowdon, to receive a reward for his services to the Queen. Snowdon offers Black Jack a legal medical license if he agrees to work for MI6. Black Jack thrives on independence and he refuses the offer.
An MI6 Lieutenant General, Iris, comes to meet Black Jack. She is the image of a girl Black Jack had been in love with, Megumi Kisaragi. He had operated on Megumi for cancer. The operation was successful but Megumi would never be able to have children. Megumi left Black Jack and eventually became a ship's doctor.
Black Jack leaves the MI6 office. While walking and thinking of the past he meets Iris. She shows him an x-ray of someone's head. A piece of a bullet is lodged in the brain. Iris tells Black Jack that the man was shot trying to help her. She wants Black Jack to try to remove the bullet. Black Jack knows Iris and the man were in love but even with an operation the man would not live and so, he says no. A photograph falls to the ground. Black Jack sees the face. It is Cain.
Iris looks so much like Megumi. It makes Black Jack think deeply about the importance of life. He visits Cain in the hospital. Cain tells Black Jack he knows recovery is hopeless and he does not want to live like a vegetable. Black Jack advises him to cheer up and enjoy each day of life.
It's no use, Cain runs away from the hospital. He tries to leave the country again but Sutherland stops him.
While Cain was in the hospital Sutherland broke into Cain's house and found some documents that Cain had secretly and illegally taken from the MI6 computer room when he was an MI6 employee. Sutherland kidnaps Joey and tells Cain to obey or he will never see Joey alive again.
Black Jack finds out Cain has left the hospital. He asks Iris to do whatever she can to help Cain. Iris goes to Cain's house. She is shocked, disappointed and angry when she discovers Cain betrayed her by stealing MI6 secrets. Iris loses interest in helping Cain. Black Jack can't understand why. He knows how Cain feels. He thinks Cain can't stand the idea of not being able to take care himself and being forced to depend on Iris, a former colleague.
Meanwhile, Cain sneaks into the computer room at MI6 to get what Sutherland wants in exchange for Joey's life. The password has been changed. Cain has to go home to break an MI6 coded telegram and figure out the new password. Cain has 24 hours to save Joey's life. The telegram is gone but Cain finds Iris's handkerchief and knows she has taken the telegram. Cain goes to Iris and gets what he wants but just then Noble Snowdon comes in. Snowdon appeals to Cain for help in breaking Sutherland's arms smuggling ring.
When Black Jack hears the story he tells Cain it is too dangerous. Cain decides to help MI6. Cain would rather die helping other people than in a hospital. Iris does not stop Cain. Black Jack grumbles that Cain can do what he likes but he is sad and angry that people can not seem to live happily in peace.
Sutherland gets the information he wants but Cain realizes Sutherland has planned to kill Joey from the beginning. They start to fight but Cain collapses just as Iris rushes in. Sutherland shoots Iris. Cain crawls towards Iris. Sutherland takes aim at Cain. Black Jack arrives just in the nick of time. He takes Cain and Iris to the hospital. Black Jack operates on Iris and saves her life. Cain realizes how much Iris had wanted him to live and he knows she is the woman he loves. Cain decides to have Black Jack operate on him.
Some time later Black Jack is at the airport on his way to see new patients in Japan...
- Black Jack was first performed in 1994 by Flower Troupe, led by Anju Mira and Morina Miharu. Maya Miki also played the lead role for part of the Tokyo run.
- A different Black Jack play (same character but different script) was performed in 2013 by Snow Troupe, with Misuzu Aki in the lead role.
- Originally scheduled to appear in this performance, on 10/11 Asahi Tsubasa was announced that she will be out from all performances. No reason given.
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