Floating Bridge of Dreams / Apasionado!!
Picture Credit: Zephy
English Title: Floating Bridge of Dreams / Apasionado!!
Japanese Title: 夢の浮橋 / Apasionado!!
Romanized Title: Yume no Ukihashi / Apasionado!!
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/7 - 12/11; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 1/3 - 2/8
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 12/2; Tokyo, 1/22
Floating Bridge of Dreams:
Based On: The Tale of Genji
Author/Director: Oono Takuji
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Oota Takeshi, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Mine Saori, Yamamura Waka
Conductor: Ooyagi Yasushi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oono Takuji
Author/Director: Fujii Daisuke
Composer: Aoki Tomoko, Teshima Kyouko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, ANJU, KAZUMI-BOY
Conductor: Misaki Megumi
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 02/05/09)
DVD Scene/Music Cut: Yes
The following numbers from Apasionado!! had sound replaced or vocals removed:
Scene 20 "Espana Cani" (singer: Ryouga Haruhi) - sound replaced
Scene 23B "Amigo de Verdad" (singer: Kiriya Hiromu) - vocals cut
|Niou no Miya (Minister of Military Afairs. The third prince of the current emperor by Empress Akashi, the daughter of Genji)
|Kaoru (Commander of the Right Division of the Imperial Bodyguards. Legally, the youngest son of Genji and Onna sanno miya)
|Ukifune (Daughter of Prince Hatchi (Genji's half-brother) and Kogimi's elder sister)
|Hikaru Genji (Father of Yugiri, Princess Akashi and Kaoru. Grandfather of Niou and Onna Ichi no Miya)
|Yuugiri (Minister of the Right. Eldest son of Genji by his first wife Aoi. Two sons: Emon no Kami and Saishou no Chuujou)
|Akashi no Chuuguu (Genji's daughter married to the the present emperor)
|Nakanobu (First Secretary of the Ministry of Finance. Kaoru's chamberlain. Mitchisada's father-in-law)
|Onna Ichi no Miya (Niou's sister, daughter of the reigning emperor and Akashi no Chuuguu)
|Priest from Sange / Yokawa no Sozou (Prelate of Yokawa)
|Ni no Miya (second prince)
|Shi no Miya (fourth prince)
|Ueno no Shinnou (Prince of Ueno)
|Tokikata (Deputy governor of Izumo province. Niou's retainer)
|Dainagon no Kimi (gentlewoman who serves Onna Ichi no Miya)
|Chuujou no Omoto (gentlewoman who serves Onna Ichi no Miya)
|Ben no Omoto (gentlewoman)
|Emon no Kami (Yugiri's eldest son. Director General of the Guards of Imperial Gates)
|Onna San no Miya (Genji's wife, Kaoru's mother, sister of the reigning emperor)
|Kosaishou no Kimi (Courtesan employed by the First Princess)
|Saishou no Chuujo (son of Yuugiri, younger brother of Emon no Kami. Counselor and Lieutenant General of the Imperial Guards)
|Senji no Kimi (Akashi no Chuuguu's nurse)
|Nakatsukasa no Kimi (gentlewoman who serves Genji)
|Ukyou no Daibu
|Michisada (Niou's retainer, Nakanobu's son-in-law)
|Ono no Imoutoama (Yokawa no Sozou's sister, a nun)
|Jidoumaru (Kosaishou no Kimi's brother)
|Roku no Kimi (Yuugiri's sixth daughter, Niou's wife)
|Go no Miya (fifth prince)
|Kashiwagi (Tou no Chuujou's eldest son, Kaoru's real father)
|Niou no Miya (as a child)
|Koubai no Naka no Kimi (Ni no Miya's secret love)
|Kogimi (Ukifune's younger half brother)
|Kaoru (as a child)
|Onna Ichi no Miya (as a child)
Other Cast: Atsuki Renka, Enoki Touya, Ayazuki Seri, Ayao June, Kao Amiri, Saran Erika, Tsuzumi Eika, Sawaki Rizu, Isuzu Hikari, Hino Anji, Hibiki Reona, Uzuki Hayate, Remi Kurea, Kotone Kazuha, Ayahoshi Rion, Kahou Shiori, Kaidou Nozomu, Mizuha Kanato, Takachi Ao, Shimon Yuriya, Shirayuki Sachika, Urara Moe, Arise Sou, Takamura Yuuki, Kana Mikari, Akizuki Saya, Takasumi Hayato, Maai Suzuka, Fuuri Mizuka, Houzuki An, Aina Yuuri, Kijou Mitsuru, Hoshiki Tsubasa, Marin Kanna, Sana Yuzuha, Hoshina Yutaka, Shouga Tsubaki, Tsuzuki Mia, Misora Karen, Rinka Moe, Aikaze Yume, Amato Riira, Hayami Sei, Kousaki Ran, Tamaki Ryou, Kirami Ruise, Yumeha Miyu, Shinoka Ria, Mizumi Rei
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Floating Bridge of Dreams
The "shining" Genji was dead. He had indeed been gifted with rare good looks and talents and lived in glory. Many years have passed since then, and in the imperial court of these days, Niou, the third prince of the current emperor (by Empress Akashi) and Kaoru, Genji's youngest son (but in reality the son of Kashiwagi who had deceived Genji along with Onna sanno miya, Genji's wife) are a good deal talked of as both of them have more than a common share of good looks and pedigree.
In the evening at an imperial banquet, Niou and his guests are pompously dancing. Niou stops dancing as soon as he notices Kaoru's absence but tells those around him by way of excuse that a dancing courtesan had overwhelmed him. Niou sneaks into the room of the courtesan named Kosaishonokimi in order to make his friends believe him. However, it is a trap set for him by his elder sister (the First Princess) who has employed the courtesan. She is so worried about his womanizing that she wishes that he be taught a lesson. He woos women and leaves them to the care of his elder sister. As a result, her entourage of ladies-in-waiting consists entirely of the women her brother had courted and discarded. Niou barely escapes from the room taking advantage of the carelessness of the ladies-in-waiting. He comes to know that Kaoru keeps a belle in Uji, a small city near Kyoto. Niou is concerned for Kaoru who keeps continues to grieve over the loss of his beloved Onokimi. Niou goes to Uji and finds Kaoru's love, Onokimi's half-sister, who is a perfect double of the late Onokimi. After Kaoru leaves for Kyoto, Niou secretly slips into the mansion in the guise of Kaoru. However, Ukifune sees that he is not Kaoru.
In the imperial court, a political conflict between Genji's heir Yugiri and the Second Prince is becoming apparent. The Second Prince is Niou's elder brother and a candidate for the crown prince. However, the relationship between the Second Prince and a daughter of the Kobais, a rival clan of the Minamotos (to which Genji belonged) is unveiled. The Second Prince is reduced to a minister of ceremonies, an honorary position given to those ruled out of candidacy for the crown prince. In the midst of the struggle for power, Niou is selected as a candidate for the crown prince totally regardless of his wishes.
Ukifune plays the zither, the late Onokimi's favorite instrument. She wonders whether she is to be forever a substitute for Onokimi. Niou tells her that she is not obliged to play the zither against her wishes, wiping away her tears. They feel strongly attracted to each other. Niou cannot stop loving her, although he is fully aware of the fact that she is the most beloved person of Kaoru with whom he was brought up together just like two brothers.
Scene 1: On the Eve: Tranquilo
Queen Reina of Ice, Hielo the Ice and other Ices wake up in the world covered with ice.
Reina - Shirosaki Ai
Scenes 2, 3 and 4: The First Night: Pasión
Gradus, wearing a huge coat and at the scarlet grand staircase, serenely sings expressing his inner passion.
Gradus - Sena Jun
Calor Man S - Kiriya Hiromu
Calor Woman S - Shirosaki Ai
Scenes 5 and 6: The Second Night: Veneno
Apasionado all alone sings a ballad as if he were trying to cool himself down.
Apasionado - Sena Jun
Count Vampiro - Kiriya Hiromu
Scenes 7, 8, 9 and 10: The Third Night: Quente Olhar
Valentino sensually dances with women in three motion pictures.
Valentino - Sena Jun
Natasha - Shirosaki Ai
Scenes 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15: The Fourth Night: Tropicos Noches
Tropical flowers vie with each other in beauty and a carnival begins.
Abeja - Sena Jun
Orquidea - Kiriya Hiromu
Scenes 16 and 17: The Fifth Night: Caliente
As a fiery rhythm rolls out, Leons led by the therianthropic (half-beast-half-human) Ray come and attack the carnival goers.
Ray - Sena Jun
Leon - Ryouga Haruhi
Scenes 18 and 19: The Sixth Night: Quente Amor
Hembra's tears change into a flood of water and flow into the sea. Many Lágrimas (tears) dance calmly at the beginning and gradually add strength to the dance.
Apasionado - Sena Jun
Lágrima Man S - Kiriya Hiromu
Lágrima Woman S - Shirosaki Ai
Scenes 20, 21 and 22: The Seventh Night: Apasionado
Hermoso dances with female Hermosas.
Hermoso - Sena Jun
Hermosa S - Shirosaki Ai
Scenes 23 A and B
Apasionado dances with male Guapos.
Apasionado - Sena Jun
Guapo S - Kiriya Hiromu
All the performers parade to the theme song.
Apasionado - Sena Jun
Amor Man S - Kiriya Hiromu
Amor Woman S - Shirosaki Ai
Amor Man A - Ryouga Haruhi
(And all other performers)
- Final performance for Suzushiro Marina and Asagiri Shino.
- Sumire Style Stage GRAPH
- Director Oono Takuji's debut as both writer and director in a Grand Theater show.
Ekusudei's "Yume no Ukihashi" & "Apasionado!!"
Merchandise Cover Art