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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Actually during chushingurra seventeenth century there was a system of registered vendettas. The play is performed 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. The play became very popular and was depicted in many ukiyo-e prints.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play

In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another. Lord Hangan is ordered to kill himself as punishment. Kampei, now a penniless ronin, hopes to raise enough money to find justice for his fallen lord. Apr 29, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The now masterless samurai ronin of the late lord Asano revenged his death a few years later by attacking the flunkey’s mansion, killing him and placing his severed head upon Asano’s gravesite.

My mind is filled with visions of Keanu. You’ll be astounded by the artistry and humanity portrayed. He has even sent his wife, Osono, to her father’s so that she would be out of the way.

The Japanese military and most audiences found the first part to be too serious, but the studio and Mizoguchi both regarded it as so important that Part Two was put into production, despite Part One’s lukewarm reception.

chushingurz Since the original play was written there have been numerous adaptations in film, novels, and television productions. Not two weeks later the first play based on the incident was performed and promptly shut down by the authorities. Isaac Titsingh and Japan, —p. Meanwhile, Okaru has agreed that her father, Yoichibei, sell her into prostitution in Kyoto to raise money for the vendetta.

Which, of course, retainefs did. Chushungura Read Edit View history. The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throug I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and proves to be a very quick read.


Finding the end of the letter torn off, he realises that yet another person knows his secret and he must silence them both. But not only that, at the same time it’s full with love, fights, betrayal, braveness and sacrifice – a compelling story to read even nowadays.

The story is relatively straightforward – a crime and affront to the honor of the master treasuy the ronin is committed, and each plots revenge. Act X is only rarely performed but provides a realistic interim performed in the sewamono style between Yuranosuke setting out at the end of Act IX and the final vendetta.

A Graphic Novel It is one o’clock in the morning and Treasurh goes off to bid farewell to his wife for the last time.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

Another was to make 47 the number of rebellious ronin, for that is the number of kana letters, let’s call them in one of the main Japanese writing systems. Written around as a puppet play, it is now better know in Kabuki performances.

The raid on Moronao’s mansion goes off as planned. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is interesting to read a play that comes from not rteasury a completely different value system, but also a completely different theatrical tradition.

This play is, in short, fantastic.

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So it would only seem natural that his retainers would practice the same thing. The multiple authorship treasuty this play, in which, according to experts, different authors wrote different acts, led vhushingura a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, resulting in one particular character being played by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!

It is very strange and just seems really foreign without a lot of context.

Such people were often entombed or memorialized at shrines. Lots of drama and suicides, I doubt I would read this if it hasn’t been assigned. One of the retainers yhe not present and should have been, and his humiliation, and that of his wife, are correspondingly worse.


This traditional virtue, as exemplified in Chushingura, has never completely lost its hold on audiences, in spite of twentieth-century changes in Japanese society and moral ideas. Yuranosuke and his men depart for their ship. Really a fascinating play, especially since I am more familiar with the traditions of English Medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration theatre.

This story of duty resolutely carried out to the most extreme lengths resonated within the core of the Japanese people and became the basis for a nearly boundless waterfall of plays, novels and films. It’s a great action story and the treasruy is also quite good. That it is not read by more western readers is a shame. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

However, these sequences have been restored with new technology. Feigning merriment, he calls Okaru to come down and offers to buy out her contract. Retrieved chushinghra ” https: 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.

Yuranosuke and his men reappear and, about to depart, place some gifts for Gihei on an open fan.

Fun to read, and I found it quite hilarious as well because everyone is wayyyyy over dramatic and jumping at the chance to kill themselves over petty things. At that point the warriors have given their retainners to their master. Jan 12, Sara rated it it was amazing.

Clair Robson is an historical adventure novel linked to the story by a fictional daughter of the murdered lord, searching for her father’s loyal men so she can take part in the revenge.

They broke into Kira’s mansion in Edocaptured and executed Kira, and chushigura his head at the grave of Asano at Sengaku-ji. His reasons are not known, but many purport that an insult may have provoked him. After deliberating for some time and calling in the advice of leading philosophers! The action takes place at the premises of Amakawaya Gihei, treasuryy merchant who lives in the port of Sakai, near Osaka.