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Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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Honzo, who was lurking nearby, throws off his disguise. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Impossibly heartbreaking in like 10, different ways, at literally every turn, and even a little funny. Hangan responds with steel, successfully wounding Moronao.

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In the twentieth century, cinema and television versions have been equally successful. This book made me want to kill myself. The many moments when a Noh play intensifies its language to high poetry are absent in this play. Jul 28, Phillip rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 24, Danny rated it really liked it.

The multiple authorship of this play, in which, according pupept experts, different authors wrote different acts, led to a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, treasufy in one particular character being played by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!


The play does an amazing job showing the devotion of samurai to their code of ethics and to their masters.

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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. It made it a better story for sure.

It is exciting and well paced. What follows is a long and very emotional discussion about the righteousness of this behavior and this play is part of it. The plot is filled with villians and heroes, and even if you aren’t a fan of ritual suicide, much of the characters’ motivations are easy to understand.

Really a fascinating play, especially since I am more familiar with the traditions of English Medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration theatre. Keene provides an excellent introduction and footnotes to help the lay reader with orientation and context. The samurai stage a police raid on Gihei’s establishment. A classic story still prevalent in Japanese literature today.

You’ll be astounded by the artistry and humanity portrayed. There were little to no stage directions in my edition, so actually seeing what was happening was way more compelling than just reading lines. Bret rated it really liked it May 14, Oishi refuses to see the two wed, citing that she will not allow Rikiya to marry the daughter of Honzo, the man who restrained Lord Hangan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Get Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: This play is, in short, fantastic. Aug 04, Leanne Ritchie rated it it was amazing.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A woman places her hand in a man’s hand and indirectly suggests a tryst. Unfortunately, Kampei is tricked by circumstance into believing that he has killed his own father-in-law and therefore commits seppuku. Ku rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Copyrights Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throughout the play.

I was happy to teach it and be introduced to it. Honzo confesses his sins and asks for forgiveness. The league, needing to amass weapons and armor without raising suspicion, vets a merchant named Gihei. It has much to offer in the way of fantastic language, entertainment, and understanding.