Picture Credit: Tsurugi Miyuki & Kodama Ai
English Title: Lovers' Suicide -Love in Yamatoji-
Japanese Title: 心中－恋の大和路ー
Romanized Title: Shinjuu -Koi no Yamatoji-
Performances: Bow Hall, 1/14 - 1/29
Based On: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's Meido no Hikyaku (The Courier for Hades)
Author/Director: Suganuma Jun
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Hashimoto Kazuaki
Choreographer: Matsumoto Shoume
Available on DVD: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts:
|Kameya Chuubei (master of the Kameya, a courier store)||Tsurugi Miyuki|
|Umegawa (courtesan of the Tsuchiya in the red light district)||Kodama Ai|
|Magoemon (Chuubei's real father)||Miyama Shinobu|
|Osei (mistress of the Tsuchiya)||Konohana Sakuya|
|Ihei (Kameya head clerk)||Ritsu Tomomi|
|Myoukan (Chuubei's mother)||Ashita Michiko|
|Fujiya (retired official, staying at the inn)||Natori Rei|
|Otatsu (brothel madam)||Kyou Misa|
|Kamon Tayuu (courtesan of the Tsuchiya)||Kuni Natsuki|
|Tanbaya Hachiemon (Chuubei's friend)||Kiri Satomi|
|Marujuu (puppeteer, staying at the inn)||Aoi Miya|
|Mozuya (female pilgrim, staying at the inn)||Asahi Mari|
|Narutose (courtesan)||Maiki Aya|
|Shimaya (candy maker, staying at the inn)||Oomine Mayu|
|Yohei (sales clerk of the Kameya)||Namine Michiru|
|Oman (Kameya servant)||Senda Mayumi|
|Chiyosei (courtesan)||Murasaki Tomo|
|Santa (Kameya shop boy)||Itsuki Ginka|
|Kadoya (singer/beggar, staying at the inn)||Wakaki Moe|
|Iseya (pilgrim, staying at the inn)||Hotaka Tsuyuki|
|Jinnai (young samurai)||Shiori Miki|
|Shousuke (Kameya shop boy)||Oomi Hiro|
Other Cast: Mineo Nana, Wakana An, Hitomi Maria, Yukimura Kyouko, Ran Reika, Akatsuki Nagisa, Mayama Haru, Takachiho Mai
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....
- Final performance for Shiori Miki.
- 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).
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