Red Flowers Fall in Menam / Sea Ballade
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English Title: Red Flowers Fall in Menam / Sea Ballade
Japanese Title: メナムに赤い花が散る / 海のバラード
Romanized Title: Menamu ni Akai Hana ga Chiru / Umi no Baraado
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 9/3 - 9/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 9/21
Red Flowers Fall in Menam:
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Director/Choreographer: Onoe Shouroku
Composer: Terada Takio, Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Kawakami Gorou, Oka Masami
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Author/Director: Sakai Sumio
Composer: Nakai Mitsuharu, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, Nakano Junji
Choreographer: Oka Masami, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Yamada Nagamasa||Kasugano Yachiyo||Kou Nishiki|
|O-Ichi||Kuroki Hikaru||Hana Kuniko|
|Imamura Ukyou||Asadori Chiho|
|Prince Chettha||Kou Nishiki||Setouchi Miya|
|King Songtham||Oki Yukiko|
|Hyoudou Gonpachi||Miyoshino Kazuya|
|Princess Narada||Konoe Mari|
|Princess Karini||Naka Mitsuru|
Other Cast: Katsuragi Yutaka, Miyama Etsu, Utagawa Harumi, Mizuho Youko, Akatsuki Hidemi, Shima Miho, Murasame Chizuru, Fujimori Setsuko, Mikuni Aya, Kashiwagi Miyo, Kurushima Wataru, Suwa Midori, Asazuki Mario, Ookado Terumi, Sakuhana Yayoi, Sazanami Rika, Senju Mariko, Hatsumi Yuka, Ashiya Otome, Fujisono Satomi, Kei Hanayo, Konoe Anzu, Yuzuki Katsura, Miha Kazusa, Kino Kazuyo, Take Miharu, Kyou Kaoru, Tajima Kumi, Nanba Aki, Misuzu Nagisa, Akebono Maki, Chikuma Nami, Chitaki Noboru, Chiyoura Hikaru, Hanabusa Mina, Maki Kazuko, Marimura Misa, Ushio Reiko, Kushiro Kyouka, Yashio Michiru, Sono Yuuko, Suzuka Teruko, Nagare Sayuru, Nangou Haruka, Hanazono Toyomi, Yuunami Chidori, Wakashiro Hikari, Muromachi Akane, Ai Erina, Kiyozuki Teru, Asuka Miyako, Mitsui Mako, Azusa Chiyoko, Hananose Kasumi, Chitose Hiromi, Ashiwara Mika, Yaso Natsumi, Orie Michi, Satsuki Jun, Yumi Chiaki, Yazato Sachi
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Red Flowers Fall in Menam
Based on the true story of Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese adventurer who lived in a Siamese kingdom in the 17th century and became entangled in succession politics there.
1625, the kingdom of Siam is at peace under the rule of King Songtham.
Yamada Nagamasa, a student of military tactics and strategy in Japan, is smuggled into Siam along with Imamura Ukyou and Hyoudou Gonpachi. They want to try out their military tactics in a new world.
When they arrived in the capital city of Ayutthaya, King Songtham's eldest daughter Narada happened to be passing by, and she immediately was fascinated by Nagamasa.
In the Japanese quarter of Ayutthaya there was a tavern called Surugaya. The owner O-Ichi was being hassled by a drunk man and was saved by Nagamasa and his friends, after which she came to feel something like love for Nagamasa.
Hearing of Nagamasa's meeting with Princess Narada, he is invited to an audience with King Songtham. Suddenly, Princess Narada's fiance, the minister of military affairs Karaphom announces and urgent report that neighboring Burma has sent a large army on the attack.
Nagamasa borrows 2,000 soldiers with the permission of the king, and defeats the Burmese.
Nagamasa earns the trust and thanks of the king, which causes Karaphom to hate him all the more.
Time passes, the old king dies, and his son Prince Chettha becomes king, and three years flow by.
Japan begins its policy of national isolation, and one by one the Japanese living in Siam return home to Japan. The only ones left are Nagamasa, Ukyou, O-Ichi, Gonpachi, and Tazuru.
Then, the Spanish and Portuguese announce that they will cut off trade so long as there are Japanese in the palace. For the sake of the country, Nagamasa must be killed. The king thinks that rather than have Karaphom do it, he should do it with his own hands.
Learning of this, Nagamasa says farewell to his wife and child, and attends to the palace where he accepts the poisoned cup from the king....
The seas connect the world. In this revue show about life's joys and sorrows, young people travel between big city festivals, tropical islands, and sea-side villages.
- Red Flowers played again in the Grand Theater a few months later, before playing in the Tokyo Theater in 1969.
- There was a "sister performance" (sequel) that was performed in 1970 Seagulls! Crossing the Rough Sea.
- Sea Ballade was Sakai Sumio's first revue show.
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