Lovers' Suicide


Picture Credit: Haruka Kurara & Setouchi Miya

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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: Star
Year: 1979
Performances: Bow Hall, 11/18 - 12/02

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


Kameya Chuubei (master of the Kameya, a courier store) Setouchi Miya
Umegawa (courtesan of the Tsuchiya in the red light district) Haruka Kurara
Tanbaya Hachiemon (Chuubei's friend)Mine Saori
Yohei (sales clerk of the Kameya) Ooura Mizuki
Kamon Tayuu (courtesan of the Tsuchiya) Azuma Chiaki
Myoukan (Chuubei's mother) / Magoemon (Chuubei's real father) Awaji Michiko
Osei (mistress of the Tsuchiya) Konohana Sakuya
Ihei (Kameya head clerk) / Chuuzaburou (Chuubei’s friend) Ritsu Tomomi
Fujiya (retired official, staying at the inn) Shinjou Mayumi
Marujuu (puppeteer, staying at the inn) Hiro Yuri
Hage Kojou Reika

Other Cast: Tsukishiro Chiharu, Ban Akira, Fuji Kyouko, Yamana Yuka, Sumi Natsuko, Katsumi Hiroshi, Taka Mario, Koi Noboru, Shiki Izumi, Mio Hajime, Hodaka Mari, Toki Noboru, Tamaki Jun, Asaka Jun, Aida Machi, Hyuuga Kaoru



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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  • This was the first performance of Lovers' Suicide. It has had several revivals since then: 1982 (Star), 1989 (Moon), 1998-1999 (Snow), 2014 (Snow), and 2022 (Snow).


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