Oiran and Her Son / Romance Romantique
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English Title: Oiran and Her Son / Romance Romantique
Japanese Title: 花のオランダ坂 / ロマン・ロマンチック
Romanized Title: Hana no Oranda-saka / Roman Romanchikku
Performances: Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 4/2 - 4/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances: n/a
Oiran and Her Son:
Author/Director: Kikuta Kazuo
Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Kawakami Gorou
Conductor (Takarazuka): n/a
Author/Director: Yokozawa Hideo
Composer: Takai Yoshizumi, Nakai Mitsuharu, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni
Choreographer: Oka Masami, Kita Hiroshi, Tsukasa Konomi, Yamada Taku, Nakagawa Kumi
Conductor (Takarazuka): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Hendrik Zuf||Maho Shibuki|
|Joukichi (as a child)|
|Singing Tayuu Botan|
Other Cast: Miyama Shigure, Megumi Sakae, Misaki Arisa, Koyanagi Hizuru, Miyuki Sachiko, Hatsukaze Jun, Chigusa Mikage, Dai Takiko, Haruna Yuri, Shioji Asako, Hanakouji Jun, Mizunose Akira, Kanou Yachiho, Asou Kaoru, Tsune Hanayo, Aoi Yuka, Urara Mika, Ai Erina, Komatsu Miho, Ikuyo Hikaru, Misato Kei, Kumi Kaoru, Miho Masaki, Enatsu Jun, Fujishiro Jun, Ariake Jun, Minami Yutaka, Daigo Katsura, Yumi Takashi, Yakumo Akemi, Nagazuki Hikaru, Mizuno Ryou, Suzu Reiko, Jou Haruki, Houjou Yukari, Hanabusa Rie, Kizuki Miho, Mitake Eri, Shiga Midori, Oouchi Shigeru, Kuni Chihiro, Musashino Michiyo, Kitahara Chikoto, Remi Ryou, Ushio Haruka, Mari Reika, Natori Rei, Kaze Kaoru, Nono Hikari, Sono Miharu, Kuni Natsuki, Ema Chiaki, Sumikawa Akemi, Saori Mitsuyo, Narumi Yuki
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
(English summary based on 1963 program)
Oiran and Her Son
The port of Nagasaki, full of an exotic atmosphere
Today, as usual, a Dutch ship was at anchor in the port, and the streets of Nagasaki were bustling with the visiting people, including Dutch sailors and tradesmen. Among them was a Dutch trader, called Hendrik Zuf. He had visited Nagasaki a number of times before. But, he was different from his fellow Dutchmen; he would not feel like loving Japanese girls as readily as others did.
Now, however, an opportunity dawned upon Zuf, when even he had to know that he was in real love. That was when he met Tsuru, a local courtesan. The moment he cast his eyes on the beautiful woman, he felt himself enthralled by love, for which he would not hesitate to sacrifice his very life.
Zuf and Tsuru were now deeply in love. Their desire was that they could be in love forever; they were united in the midst of the season of spring, when cherry blossoms were in full bloom everywhere. And, ten long years passed along. A boy had been born to them, and he, Joukichi by name, had now grown into a boy of ten years in age. He, however, was a half-breed, and, was predestined to suffer on that account.
A great misfortune soon befell the Zuf family. A war had broken out between Holland and Spain. Zuf had to return to his home country to fight as a soldier. Tsuru and her son had to remain Nagaski, however, for the State law, then in force, prohibited any Japanese national to sail abroad.
Zuf left Japan, committing Tsuru, his wife, and Juokichi, his son, in the care of some of his Japanese friends in Nagasaki.
Another eight years passed on. Joukichi was now a lad of 17 years in age.
After Zuf left, however, Tsuru fell sick with consumption, and, during these years, her condition steadily worsened, and, at length, on the night of the Festival for the Souls of the Departed, she passed away, dearly thinking of her husband, separated for so many years, and worrying about the future of her beloved son.
Matsudaira Zushonokami, the Magistrate of Nagasaki, was so deeply sympathetic of the sad fate of Joukichi, that he offered his good offices to employ him as a petty official of the Magistrate’s office. Joukichi, however, could not free himself from the predestined sorrows of being a Eurasian. To make things worse, he, too, came to suffer from the same disease which had proved fatal to his poor mother.
It chanced about this time that a Dutch ship was chased into the port of Nagasaki by a Spanish battleship. A battle started between the two opposing ships, making the town of Nagasaki aflame with war fires. And, it was rumored that Zuf was aboard the Dutch ship, which was sinking under gunfire.
The romantic world always portrayed by Takarazuka. And also, modern romantic scenes by today's young stars.
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