Lovers' Suicide


Picture Credit: Tsurugi Miyuki & Kodama Ai

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

Troupe: Moon
Year: 1989
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
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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



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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