Lovers' Suicide: Love in Yamatoji

Shinjuu Chirashi

Picture Credit: yaomeis / Official Chirashi, from personal collection

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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: 2022
Performances: Theater Drama City, 07/20 - 07/24[1]; Nippon Seinenkan, 08/09 - 08/10[2]

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

Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 10/20/22)
Available on DVD: No
Scene/Music Cut: No


Kameya Chuubei (master of the Kameya, a courier store) Kazuki Sora
Umegawa (courtesan of the Tsuchiya in the red light district) Yumeshiro Aya
Tanbaya Hachiemon (Chuubei's friend) Nagina Ruumi
Magoemon (Chuubei's real father)Natori Rei
Fujiya (retired official, staying at the inn)Yuuma Rin
Myoukan (Chuubei's mother)Chikaze Karen
Ihei (Kameya head clerk) / Chuuzaburou (Chuubei's friend)Mana Haruto
Osei (mistress of the Tsuchiya)Ai Sumire
Marujuu (puppeteer, staying at the inn)Amatsuki Tsubasa
Kamon Tayuu (courtesan of the Tsuchiya)Himehana Yukino
Yohei (sales clerk of the Kameya)Suwa Saki
Otatsu (brothel madam)Haori Yuuka
Okane (court lady)Kotohane Riri
Iseya (pilgrim, staying at the inn)Asato Mire
Shimaya (candy maker, staying at the inn)Ichika Ao
Kadoya (female pilgrim, staying at the inn)Mayuzuki Rea
Mozuya (singer/beggar, staying at the inn)Soumi Haruma
Oman (Kameya servant)Manaha Ayane
Narutose (courtesan)Rina Kurumi
Chiyosei (courtesan)Manahi Michi
Jinnai (young samurai)Aoha Reiya
Shousuke (Kameya shop boy)Kishiro Yuriya
ComedianKisui Naoto
Santa (Kameya shop boy)Kirino Asato

Other Cast: Kotomine Saara, Aisora Minami, Kasumi Sana, Mizuki Serena, Kazetachi Niki



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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  1. Originally scheduled to run through July 28th, the final three days of the Theater Drama City run were cancelled due to positive coronavirus tests among staff.
  2. Originally scheduled to run from August 3rd to August 9th at Nippon Seinenkan Hall, all performances except for the afternoon performance on August 9th were cancelled, and an additional performance was added for August 10th.

Created by lokai. Last Modification: Monday 05 of September, 2022 21:47:31 GMT-0000 by yaomeis.