Lovers' Suicide: Love in Yamatoji


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English Title: Lovers' Suicide: Love in Yamatoji
Japanese Title: 心中・恋の大和路
Romanized Title: Shinjuu: Koi no Yamatoji

Troupe: Snow
Year: 2014
Performances: Theatre Drama City, 03/14 - 03/23; Nippon Seinenkan, 04/15 - 04/21

Based On: The Courier for Hell by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Author: Suganuma Jun
Director: Suganuma Jun, Tani Masazumi
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Matsumoto Shoume, Mine Saori (as Nishizaki Mine)

Available on DVD: Yes (release date 06/30/14)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No


Kameya Chuubei (master of the Kameya, a courier store) Sou Kazuho
Umegawa (courtesan of the Tsuchiya in the red light district) Manaka Ayu
Magoemon (Chuubei's real father)Natori Rei
Myoukan (Chuubei's mother)Itsumine Aki
Tanbaya Hachiemon (Chuubei's friend)Misuzu Aki
Kamon Tayuu (courtesan of the Tsuchiya)Daigo Seshiru
Fujiya (retired official, staying at the inn)Karyou Shizuru
Kadoya (singer/beggar, staying at the inn)Asakaze Rei
Marujuu (puppeteer, staying at the inn)Touma Kazuki
Iseya (pilgrim, staying at the inn)Ouga Mitsuki
Narutose (courtesan)Toumi Sarasa
Mozuya (female pilgrim, staying at the inn)Oosumi Rei
Chiyosei (courtesan)Momohana Hina
Ihei (Kameya head clerk) / Chuuzaburou (Chuubei's friend)Hokaze Narumi
Osei (mistress of the Tsuchiya)Maisono Ruri
Shimaya (candy maker, staying at the inn)Kujou Asu
Oman (Kameya servant)Amane Sara
Otatsu (brothel madam)Anno Konomi
Okane (court lady)Ai Sumire
Yohei (sales clerk of the Kameya)Tsukishiro Kanato
Santa (Kameya shop boy)Machi Yuuka
Shousuke (Kameya shop boy)Towaki Sea
Jinnai (young samurai)Kanou Yuuri
ComedianShinjou Makara

Other Cast: Hizakura Honori, Himehana Yukino, Aoi Miki, Seina Nozomi, Arisa Hitomi, Ayanami Keito



Romanticizing suicide/death

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....

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