Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character. Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) has ratings and 24 reviews. Steve said: Kanadehon Chūshingura is a play written for the Bunraku theater. Chūshingura: (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Takeda, Izumo et. al.; 10 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Forty-seven Rōnin.

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Yuranosuke and his men reappear and, about to depart, place some gifts for Gihei on an open fan. Before he actually dies, however, Kampei is exonerated of his crime and honorably added to the “league” of samurai who will seek vengeance against Moronao. Instead, Mizoguchi chose for his source Mayama Chushinguraa cerebral play dealing with the story.

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Gihei, however, torn between his love for his wife and his duty to Yuranosuke reluctantly forces her to leave. He gracefully complies, but with his last breath he also requests that Yuranosuke, his most retaienrs samurai, seek revenge against Moronao.

A Puppet Play from BookRags. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Like many Western plays, this Japanese drama reveals and comments on many of the values of the samurai in the Tokugawa period. A delightful, touching tale of feudal Japan; the loyalty due to the lords by their retainers.

Hangan is ordered to commit seppuku and his castle is confiscated. Under the influence of Faubion Bowersthe ban was lifted in At that moment, from a Noh play being performed in the castle wafts over to the pair the line “I lyal the base of the pine and rub the trunk The league, needing to amass weapons and armor without raising suspicion, vets a merchant named Gihei.


Sep 19, Steve added it Shelves: The story was adapted for film again in Yuranosuke has entrusted Gihei with the purchase and shipment retauners Kamakura of all the weapons, armour and other equipment which they will need for the vendetta.

Kampei, now a penniless ronin, hopes to raise enough money to find justice for his fallen lord. Because they did violate the law by killing Kira Yoshinaka. On a dark, rainy loyzl we see him out hunting wild boar. View a FREE sample. A Puppet Play from Amazon.

He must kill himself on two upturned tatami mats which are covered with a white cloth and have small vases of anise placed at the four corners. The league finds Moronao and beheads him with Lord Hangan’s dagger. The Hollywood film 47 Ronin by Universal is a fantasy epic, with Keanu Reeves as an Anglo-Japanese who joins the chushiingura in their quest for vengeance against Lord Kira, who is aided by chushongura fictitious shape-shifting witch.

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One of the retainers was not present and should have been, and his humiliation, and that of his wife, are correspondingly worse. Isaac Titsingh and Japan, —p. The old rules of deep loyalty to their master were still important but a new system was becoming stronger: As punishment, the shogun demands that Lord Hangan commit seppuku.


It has much to offer in the way of fantastic language, entertainment, and understanding.

Hangan is left to despatch himself by cutting his own jugular vein. The play is chushinngura every year in both the bunraku and kabuki versions, though more often than not it is only a few selected acts which are performed and not the entire work.

An interesting aspect of this Definitely a Japanese classic. Aug 04, Leanne Ritchie rated it it was amazing. I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Chushinguura literature all quarter and had read the pla I’m going to see this as a kabuki in March. Because the break-in occurred in December according to the old calendarthe story is often retold in that month.

Copyrights Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: This play is a retelling of a true story of Feudal Japan. There are also moments of comedic relief, and consider this: Since Hangan’s attending samurai, Kampei, has been distracted by the fairer sex, Honzo acts in his stead, restraining Lord Hangan. They wanted a ferocious morale booster based upon the familiar rekishi geki “historical drama” of “The Loyal 47 Ronin”.


Moronao, a governor, pursues Lord Hangan’s wife, leading Lord Hangan to violence against him.

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