Kick off The 47 Ronin with JETAANC Kabuki Club! – Part 1 – 2/26

Join alumni and friends for Part 1 of The 47 Ronin Project, a year-long exploration of The 47 Ronin (Chushingura), one of the most popular Japanese stories of all time.

The 47 Ronin – Act I: The Helmet Selection at Hachiman Shrine

The high-ranking samurai in Kamakura are gathered in full regalia to receive the Shogun’s brother, who has arrived to celebrate the victory of a great battle. After he departs, the evil and lecherous Lord Morono tries to seduce the wife of the noble Lord Hangan. She rejects him outright, setting into motion the entire saga. (synopsis)

An amazing prologue to an amazing epic; learn how it all began! The film features some of the greatest Kabuki actors of all time. 45 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles.

The class is Part 1 of The 47 Ronin Project:

The 47 Ronin Project
Forty-seven samurai. One epic vendetta.

The evil Lord Morono tries to seduce the wife of the noble Lord Hangan but she rejects him outright. Full of rage and spite, Morono goads Hangan into committing a crime that results in his execution. Left without their master, can Hangan’s loyal 47 samurai retainers overcome all odds to avenge his death and restore his honor?

Made into more than 30 film versions—including one coming out this fall with Keanu Reeves—the epic story of The 47 Ronin (Chushingura) is one of the most popular Japanese stories of all time. (synopsis) Join us in this exciting course as we explore on film the Kabuki saga that started it all. Study the whole series or choose your favorite parts. Each act advances the overall saga but also stands alone as a self-contained story. JETAANC and San Mateo Kabuki Clubs are teaming up to bring you classes featuring two different celebrated productions of the complete Kabuki epic on film. Click here for all of the details!