NANBA URA KOROSHI
   
Play titles Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki  In Japanese
A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters [1]
Common title Nanba Ura Koroshi  In Japanese
Authors Takeda Izumo II
Namiki Senryű I
Miyoshi Sh˘raku
History

The play in nine acts "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" was originally written for the puppets theater and performed for the first time in the 7th lunar month of 1749 at the Takemotoza in ďsaka. It was adapted for Kabuki a few weeks later by the zamoto Arashi San'emon IV in the 8th lunar month of 1749 in Ky˘to. The roles of the 2 sum˘ wrestlers Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Ch˘kichi were played by the actors Nakayama Shinkur˘ I and Fujikawa Heikur˘.

Structure

The "Nanba Shibai Ura" act (commonly called "Nanba Ura Koroshi") is the 5th act of the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". It is staged nowadays within a t˘shi ky˘gen production.

Key words Azuma-yojibŕmono
D˘tonbori
Gidayű Ky˘gen
Koroshiba
Miuke
Sewamono
Sum˘
Sum˘mono
Sum˘tori
Summary

Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ arrives behind the D˘tonbori theater district to save Yamazaki Yogor˘ and Fujiya Azuma who are being beaten and kicked by the samurai Hiraoka G˘zaemon and Mihara Ariemon. Showing a receipt for 300 ry˘ paid by Yogor˘ as security money for Azuma's ransom (miuke), Ch˘gor˘ tells G˘zaemon that he has no right to claim Azuma. G˘zaemon pretends to agree and makes Ariemon attack Ch˘gor˘ with a sword but Ch˘gor˘ easily throws Ariemon to the ground. G˘zaemon also attacks Ch˘gor˘ but is kicked on the breast. As the two samurai do not cease to attack him, however, Ch˘gor˘ draws his sword to kill them, Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi arrives. No longer trying to prevent Yogor˘ from redeeming Azuma, he wishes them good luck, When Yogor˘ tries to kill himself to take responsibility for the trouble caused by his ransom of Azuma, Ch˘kichi stops him and promises to keep Yogor˘ and Azuma in his care. He advises Ch˘gor˘ to flee from police who may come to arrest him. Geta-no-Ichi and Node-no-San arrive and declare that they will report Ch˘gor˘'s crime to the police. With Ch˘kichi's consent, Ch˘gor˘ quickly kills them both and runs away.

Notes

[1] The title "A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters" comes from the 1st volume of "Kabuki Plays On Stage".

Illustration from the ezukushi banzuke for the "Nanba Ura Koroshi" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1796 at the Kado no Shibai with Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Sangor˘ II, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Nakayama Bungor˘ I and Arashi Mitsuemon I in the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘, Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi, Yamazaki Yogor˘, Fujiya Azuma, Hiraoka G˘zaemon and Mihara Ariemon

 
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