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otherJuly 14 ,2020

Report on 'Zoom Kabuki "CHŪSHINGURA" (2) ACT IV


On July 4, Zoom Kabuki "CHŪSHINGURA" (Act Ⅳ) was streamed live. Act Ⅳ contains the scene in which En'ya Hangan must commit suicide as punishment for drawing his sword within the shogun's palace (Act Ⅲ).

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▲Ichikawa Somegorō (Ōboshi Rikiya)

Solemnly, Ōboshi Rikiya prepares for the ritual of 'seppuku' suicide for his master, En'ya Hangan. Ichikawa Somegorō acted alongside his real father, Matsumoto Kōshirō, who played Ōboshi Yuranosuke.

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▲Matsumoto Kōshirō (En'ya Hangan)

En'ya Hangan waits for the arrival of his Chief Retainer, Ōboshi Yuranosuke. He asks Rikiya many times whether Yuranosuke has come or not. However, he has not yet arrived.

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▲Lower left, Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke) /live,
Others, Matsumoto Kōshirō (En'ya Hangan) /prerecorded

Just before En'ya Hangan commits 'seppuku' suicide, Yuranosuke finally arrives. The tension of his appearance was expressed by using four camera angles.

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▲From left, Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke) /live,
Matsumoto Kōshirō (En'ya Hangan) /prerecorded

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▲From left, Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke) /live,
Matsumoto Kōshirō (En'ya Hangan) /prerecorded

En'ya Hangan entrusts his dying wish to Yuranosuke, and Yuranosuke swears to take revenge on Kō no Moronō who was the cause of his master's downfall. Here, Matsumoto Kōshirō played both the roles of Yuranosuke and En'ya Hangan. Yuranosuke (left) was acted live while En'ya Hangan (right) was prerecorded. State of the art technology enabled the simultaneous performance of these roles played by a single actor.

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▲From left, Ichikawa Somegorō (Ōboshi Rikiya),
Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke)

Yuranosuke stops his son Ōboshi Rikiya from rashly attacking Moronō immediately, telling him to wait for the appropriate time when they can successfully carry out the revenge. Two remote screens were put together to complete the scene.

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▲Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke)

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▲Matsumoto Kōshirō (Ōboshi Yuranosuke)

Yuranosuke gazes at his master's dagger and resolves to begin his journey towards revenge. Though there was no 'hanamichi' built for this 'Zoom Kabuki' set, the stage was constructed so that it looked as though he was exiting along the 'hanamichi' (runway).

Please look forward to our next report.


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