Join us as we explore on film the Bunraku drama, “The Loyalty of Gihei,” and the Kabuki drama, “The Attack on Morono’s Mansion,” the dramatic concluding acts of “The 47 Ronin,” one of the most popular samurai revenge tales of all time! No need to have seen prior acts; these dramas are each a self-contained story! In Japanese with English subtitles.
Is the merchant Gihei willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to support the 47 Ronin in their vendetta? Can the 47 themselves see the vendetta through to the bitter end? (Synopsis of “Loyalty of Gihei) (Synopsis of “Attack on Morono’s Mansion”)
Forty-seven samurai. One epic vendetta.
Made into more than 90 film versions—including one coming out in 2013 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 as we explore on film the Kabuki saga that started it all. The class is part of The 47 Ronin Project: the JETAANC and San Mateo Kabuki Clubs are teaming up to bring you a series of classes focusing on two different celebrated productions of the complete epic. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study this masterpiece of Japanese theatre! Click here for details.
Related Links and Resources. The popular story of the 47 Ronin was based on a true story about 47 samurai who avenged their master under similar circumstances, known as the “Ako Incident.” Click here to explore the story and the history that inspired it on the 47 Ronin Links and Resources page.