Picture Credit: Caithion / 90th Anniversary Book
English Title: Lovers' Suicide - Love in Yamatoji
Japanese Title: 心中・恋の大和路¯
Romanized Title: Shinjuu: Koi no Yamatoji
Year: 1998, 1999
Performances: Bow Hall, 6/6 - 6/21; Nippon Seinenkan Hall, 1/28 - 2/9
Based On: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's Meido no Hikyaku (The Courier for Hades)
Author/Director: Suganuma Jun
Director: Tani Masazumi
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreography: Matsumoto Shoume
Available on DVD: VHS only
|Role||Bow Hall Cast||Seinenkan Cast|
|Kameya Chuubei (master of the Kameya, a courier store)|
|Umegawa (courtesan of the Tsuchiya in the red light district)|
|Tanbaya Hachiemon (Chuubei's friend)||Shiomi Maho||Asami Hikaru|
|Kamon Tayuu (courtesan of the Tsuchiya)|
|Yohei (sales clerk of the Kameya)|
|Myoukan (Chuubei's mother)||Misa Noeru||Ashita Michiko|
|Ihei (Kameya head clerk) / Chuuzaburou (Chuubei's friend)||Asuka Yuu||Misato Maya|
|Magoemon (Chuubei's real father)||Misa Noeru||Suzuka Teru|
|Osei (mistress of the Tsuchiya)|
|Marujuu||Aoi Miya||Amaki Kaori|
|Shimaya||Hodaka Yuu||Sugata Kou|
|Mozuya||Aiki Shuri||Saezuki Akira|
|Oman (Kameya servant)|
|Shousuke (Kameya shop boy)||Ayabuki Mao||Ranka Rea|
|Santa (Kameya shop boy)|
Other Cast (Bow): Morio Kazumi, Asukai Mari, Haru Ayuka, Mio Urara, Rei Yuuki, Minaho Karin, Kasumi Fuuka, Matsuyuki Kanako, Asaka Serena, Ayuna Sae, Amase Izuru
Other Cast (Seinenkan): Morio Kazumi, Haru Ayuka, Kibune Nao, Minaho Karin, Kasumi Fuuka, Matsuyuki Kanako, Asaka Serena, Ayuna Sae, Mio Urara, Rei Yuuki, Asaki Yumemi
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Chuubei is a young master of a courier service. He is in love with Umegawa, an indentured courtesan. However, he cannot pay off her contract, and she will soon be sent away to a rich man in the country. In despair, he takes money entrusted to his business and opens the seal. The penalty for stealing money is death, and his friends try to talk him out of it. But he is resolute, and pays off Umegawa's contract. When she learns the truth, Umegawa offers to die then and there. Chuubei argues that they should stay alive, as dying is easy, and they can do it at any time. The two set flee the city, heading for Yamatoji. Chuubei hopes to find his real father and get them aid.
On the road, they evade their pursuers. Chuubei's friend Hachiemon is also after them, determined to help them. In the end, the exhausted couple finds awful rumours have come ahead of them. Chuubei's father gives Umegawa what small money he has, saying he doesn't want for them to die, but will have no more to do with them. Just as their pursuers catch up, Hachiemon reaches them. He talks the pursuers out of following, because it is certain that the two will die in the cold snows that they have headed into....
- Lovers' Suicide was first performed by Star Troupe in 1979, with Setouchi Miya and Haruka Kurara as the leads. It has had several revivals since then: 1982 (Star), 1989 (Moon), 1998-1999 (Snow), 2014 (Snow), and 2022 (Snow).
- This specific revival celebrated the 20th anniversary of Bow Hall.
- The 1998 Bow Hall performance was the final show for Aiki Shuri
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