GODANME
   
Play title Kanadehon Chűshingura  In Japanese
Common title Yodanme  In Japanese
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
Namiki Senryű I
History

The play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was originally written for the puppet theater (Bunraku) and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza. It was adapted for Kabuki the same year and staged for the first time in the 12th lunar month of 1748 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. The "Godanme" act (5th act) was performed with the actors Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Arashi Sanjűr˘ II, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Kataoka Nizaemon IV and Tamiya Jűzabur˘ II in the roles of Hen'ya Hangan, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Ono Kudayű and Yakushiji Jirozaemon.

Structure

The "Godanme" act, the fifth act of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", is made up of 2 scenes commonly called "Tepp˘ Watashi" (literally "The Musket Scene") and "Futatsudama" (literally "Two Bullets"). Scene 1 and 2 are always performed for a t˘shi ky˘gen production of this drama. They are also staged independently of the others acts, along with the sixth act.

Key words Adauchi
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Kak˘shű
Senzaki Yagor˘
Seppuku
Tepp˘
Summary

Act V, Scene 1: Tepp˘ Watashi
The Musket Scene

 

Act V, Scene 2: Futatsudama
Two Bullets

The actors Sawamura Tossh˘ II (1st from left), Nakamura Fukusuke II (2nd from left), Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I (2nd from right) and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ I (1st from right) playing the roles of Hayano Kanpei, Senzaki Yagor˘, Yoichibŕ and Ono no Sadakur˘ in the fifth act of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (mitate-e made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1865)

 
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