This Boundless Love
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English Title: This Boundless Love
Japanese Title: この恋は雲の涯まで
Romanized Title: Kono Koi wa Kumo no Hate made
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/29 - 9/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances:Takarazuka Grand Theater, 9/13
Author: Ueda Shinji
Director: Onoe Shouroku, Ueda Shinji
Composer: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Sasada Yoshihiko
Choreographer: Onoe Shouroku, Oka Masami, Kita Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Minamoto no Yoshitsune, son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo / Sagime Kotarou, Yoshitsune's shadow warrior||Ootori Ran||Mine Saori|
|Shizuka Gozen, a court dancer, Yoshitsune's lover / Khan||Oohara Masumi †||Tsukishiro Chiharu|
|Fujiwara no Tadahira, hid Yoshitsune at Heisen, became his friend / Kereito, Jamuka's younger sister, a warrior||Anna Jun||Kotobuki Hizuru|
|Kan Wang Ling, a Song warrior||Tajima Kumi||Takashio Tomoe|
|Kaneuri Kichiji, a merchant from northern Japan, he led Yoshitsune to Yezo||Miyoshi Sakuko|
|Osaya, Homakai's wife||Ruri Toyomi|
|Jin Shao Wang, the seventh emperor of the Jin dynasty||Miyama Shinobu|
|Aobuta / Jamuka, Mongol military commander||Mizushiro Tamamo|
|Satsuki, Lady Shizuka's handmaiden||Oozora Midori|
|Homakai, chieftan of the Usappu village Yezo||Kamiji Chizuru|
|Benkei, warrior monk and Yoshitsune's retainer|
|Chenghui of Wanyan, prime minister of Jin|
|Satou Tadanobu, Yoshitsune's loyal retainer||Tsubaki Yuri||Kamozuru Miki|
|Kamei no Rokurou, Yoshitsune's loyal retainer||Anri Kozue|
|Suzuki Saborou, Yoshitsune's loyal retainer||Hiro Yuri|
|Feng Lian, Chenghui's wife||Nao Hiroki|
|Charenka, Homukai's daughter||Sotoori Tsukiko||Azuma Chiaki|
|Tongyama, Charenka's fiance||Miyo Masaru|
|Setona, Charenka's younger sister||Sawa Kaori|
† Played by Sotoori Tsukiko on Sept. 4-6.
Other Cast: Rijou Mariko, Kasuga Kiyoshi, Nazuki Hitomi, Matsukage Yurika, Hayama Kiyomi, Ashita Michiko, Chiga Teruko, Midori Misa, Ryuu Etsuyo, Mokari Otoe, Miyabi Sachi, Chigi Takashi, Tsuburagi Makoto, Mihara Jun, Makihara Naoki, Agata Emi, Kouyama Miki, Kazu Michiru, Nami Watari, Mafune Yutaka, Hoshina Sawako, Azuma Chiaki, Nao Honoka, Kaori Mayu, Shige Takumi, Wakazuki Kaoru, Fuji Kyouko, Uzuki Chika, Yamana Yuka, Nanjou Miki, Sumi Natsuko, Akashi Jun, Yume Madoka, Honami Makoto, Kiryuu Noboru, Katsumi Hiroshi, Tama Ruiko, Kanna Ai, Sanjou Arisa, Hazuki Shigeru, Miho Marika, Kei Kagari, Hanazono Mari, Chihiro Sakae, Byakudou Reina, Takaho Rina, Yuki Reina, Koko Marimo
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
- From Wikipedia, may have errors. (Act II is slightly different in this 1973 version)
Act I ~ Yezo Lily of the Valley
In 1189, Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his men who were staying in Northern Fujiwara were suddenly attacked by Fujiwara no Yasuhira. Yoshitsune, following Kichiji's advice, used Sagime Kotarou as a substitute, and escaped safely along with Fujiwara no Tadahira to Yezo. Meanwhile, Lady Shizuka, who had been mad with grief, learns that Yoshitsune is still alive and reunites with him in Yezo.
In the Yezo village of Usappu he is dependent upon the goodwill of Charenka, but because he refused her and her sister's love, he is driven out yet again. Osaya helps Yoshitsune and his party to escape, but she and her son are shot with arrows and die. Yoshitsune is cornered and his boat burned, but Charenka has a change of heart and drives away the Ainu men.
Yoshitsune is prepared to die, but in a narrow escape he finds a boat while searching the tomb of a king, and sets out for the continent. However, they encounter a storm. Satisfied in Yoshitsune's love for her, Lady Shizuka throws herself into the sea, which quells the sea god's anger and calms the storm.
Act II ~ Dust Clouds of Iris
1194, five years have passed since Yoshitsune's party came to the mainland. Yoshitsune has gained popularity and brought together the Mongols, and now heads an army of 800 soldiers. Yoshitsune has the Song Empire as his aim, but first must pass through the Jin Empire. However, the Jin prime minister Kangan Shouki fears Yoshitsune's military might and leadership, and harasses him. Chou Eikun deals with this and receives Yoshitsune favorably.
Eikun and Shouki's antagonism is clear to see, and actually there has been talk of a planned coup d'etat. The slave girl Khan was captivated by Shouki with his flute, as by a demon, and ordered to kill Yoshitsune. That night when she quietly draws close to Yoshitsune, whom Eikun has persuaded to spend the night in the palace, Khan recognizes a deep love she still possesses and lifts her veil to reveal her face.
...Khan is Lady Shizuka, who fell in the sea and changed her name. She says that more than protecting her virtue, she wanted to be reunited with Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune asks her to come with him to Song. But the brief moment of joy is transient, and Khan commits suicide without regret.
Yoshitsune learns from the slave woman Tefu that Eikun is actually friendly with Shouki, but it's when he learns that he prostituted Khan that they have a showdown. But during the battle Eikun tells his true intention of planned suicide. He says that he seemed to go along with Shouki's plans in order to protect the emperor. He dies entrusting the emperor to Yoshitsune and apologizing for Shizuka.
The moment Yoshitsune leaves for Song the Mongol army is attacked by Shouki, putting him in a predicament. He goes to free the king and returns. Then he loudly declares: "From this day forth I am a Mongol, and my name is Genghis Khan."
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