Fireman's Battle Song / Wuthering Heights
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English Title: Fireman's Battle Song / Wuthering Heights
Japanese Title: 纏おけさ / 嵐が丘
Romanized Title: Matoi Okesa / Arashi ga Oka
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 10/31 - 11/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/21
Fireman's Battle Song:
Author/ Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Composer: Terada Takio
Choreographer: Nishikawa Koisaburou
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Based on: The novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Author / Director: Utsumi Shigenori
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Hashimoto Kazuaki
Choreographer: Oka Masami, Kita Hiroshi, Edward Roll
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
Fireman's Battle Song
|Hanji, Chief of the Yo-kumi Fire Brigade
|Minokichi, Chief of the Ka-gumi Fire Brigade
|Shichinosuke, clerk at the Bizenya
|Omiyo, village girl
|Ohana, teahouse girl
|Okiku, village girl
|Otoki, village girl
|Shinjin Kouen Cast
|Charles / Linton
|Suzanne / Jennifer
Other Cast: Takigawa Sueko, Hanakouji Jun, Mizunose Akira, Suma Nagisa, Katsuki Mitsuyo, Nami Chisato, Houzuki Yayoi, Natsushiro Miki, Minou Yutaka, Aozono Utage, Suzaku Hiromi, Tsuki Juri, Kamishiro Yuri, Okitsu Masaki, Kaya Makoto, Jun Marika, Aoi Yuka, Mami Yuuko, Ikuyo Hikaru, Saezuki Shou, Ryou Chinatsu, Misato Kei, Sekimori Chidori, Kumi Kaoru, Chishiro Minoru, Enatsu Jun, Miho Masaki, Akimiya Sayuri, Kouji Natsuki, Aki Terumi, Natsugusa Michiyo, Uraji Natsuko, Ibuki Yayoi, Kamishiro Yuri, Kozakura Maki, Onozuki Hikaru, Maria Batista
Ken-1: Hara Ayumi, Minami Yutaka, Kirisato Yayoi, Morikage Katsura, Mine Kazuki, Rii Rii
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Fireman's Battle Song
Fires and brawls are the flowers of Edo.
Amid the many fire brigades of the city, Chief Hanji of the Yo-kumi has a good disposition and is handsome, which makes him extremely popular with the locals.
This Chief Hanji and Chief Minokichi of the Ka-gumi get into a quarrel at the scene of a fire which turns out to be lucky, and the two brigades reconcile.
Meanwhile, Shinosuke, the sales clerk at Bizenya, catches O-Kinu and her subordinate Yasuzou committing a crime, and he makes them hand over money to him.
Minokichi was employed as a doorman at the Bizenya, and Shinosuke asked him for advice, but then Hanji declared they should leave it to him.
The woman who hums Niigata folk songs (okesa) has been on Hanji's mind.
The riverbank at night.
Hanji is keeping an eye on O-Kinu, who is waiting for Shinosuke to arrive when events from five years before float into his memory.
(The second son of a high-ranking samurai vassal, Hanji was obsessed with pleasure-seeking to the point that he was disowned. His wanderings brought him to Niigata, where he fell in love. That woman he loved is O-Kinu.)
After that, Hanji had returned to Edo without telling the woman, but O-Kinu had followed him to Edo, and eventually found herself falling into the wrong path.
At Hanji's urging, O-Kinu is very determined to wash her hands of the shady business, so she transforms herself into a street musician, complete with shamisen, and sets off for her hometown....
In Yorkshire, with spring near at hand....
Ellen, who had formerly been a housekeeper for the Earnshaws, was reciting a sorrowful story involving the Earnshaws to Charles, a millionaire, just back from London.
The story, indeed, dated back 70 or 80 years. The Earnshaws, renowned throughout Yorkshire, included Hindley, the older brother, and Catherine, his younger sister, who was pretty beyond description. Attended to and served by a great number of servants and maids, they led a life of happiness and contentment.
One day, Mr. Earnshaw, the master, returned from an extended trip - but was not alone. He brought back with him a young man, dirty and shabbily clothed, named Heathcliff.
Mr. Earnshaw, with a tender heart, had found Heathcliff living on a Liverpool street at the brink of starvation. He intended to treat Heathcliff not as a servant, but in the same way he would his own offspring.
Now, Hindley was a particularly proud person and looked down upon Heathcliff with scorn and derision, treating him maliciously. After all, no one really knew where he had been born.
Heathcliff refused to meekly obey Hindley's dictates, retorting with obvious resistance. It was unavoidable, thus, that the Earnshaw estate's peace and tranquility was disturbed.
Catherine, the sister, was different. She, alone, proved to be an ally of the young man and stood by his side.
It then happened, one day, that the old Mr. Earnshaw died suddenly of a heart attack. Hindley was now the master and took over the entire estate. The first thing he did was force Heathcliffto live in the stable, while he abandoned himself in the pleasures of alcohol.
Catherine, in the meantime, had become attracted to Heathcliff's strong and masculine personality, coupled by his inclination towards solitariness. She began to frequent the table where the unhappy young man was virtually imprisoned. Thus, their mutual affection rapidly deepened.
It happened one night that the Linton's, another Yorkshire family with a reputation and respectability that matched the Earnshaws, were holding a gala dance party.
Catherine, of course, was invited to the function. However, there was no invitation for Heathcliff, who lived in the stable. Anxious, however, to see the party, the lovers dared to sneak through a window of the Linton mansion. A shot rang out and Catherine was hit in the foot by a bullet, wounding her. The truth was that the Linton's guard had mistaken the lovers for a bear!
Catherine was brought into the Linton mansion for medical care.
Five weeks passed by and Catherine could walk without the help of crutches. She had now grown into an extremely beautiful girl with a temperament even brighter than before. However, her sentiments had undergone a delicate change in the meantime. Her heart had been attracted by the sociably refined amorous approaches of Edgar, the Linton's eldest son. Amidst blessings, the two lovers were united in a solemn wedding ceremony.
Heathcliff left the place and nobody knew where he went....
Hindley did not change; he was still devoted to drinking. Catherine, together with her husband Edgar, led a life of peace and happiness...
Just at this juncture, Heathcliff showed up. He had grown into a professed gambler...
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