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The Renowned Banzui Chobei

“A man has but one life, but his name lasts forever.” Chobei’s manly pride leads him to his death.

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The Tale of Shuzenji

A master mask carver foresees the death of his model

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The Haunted Sword

Cherry blossoms and oiran courtesans were called the flowers of Yoshiwara. The homely but innocent Jirozaemon falls for their beauty. When he is mistreated, he turns to the seductive glare of the sword.

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Sogoro the Fishmonger

The fishmonger Sogoro is serious and sober. When he learns that his sister was punished unjustly, he lets drink get the better of him and attacks his master.

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The Tweezers

Amazing work from womanizing detective in midst of succession battle

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Sanja Matsuri

Muscular men dance in the seaside in a battle among equals.

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Hikimado (The Skylight) from Futatsu Chocho Kuruwa Nikki (A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters)

A sumo wrestler and his stepbrother find themselves on opposite sides of the law

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The Women’s Chushingura

Jealousy and intrigue in the ladies chamber

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The Love Story of Izayoi & Seishin

A monk’s love for a courtesan sets him on the path of evil

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The Stone-Cutting Feat of Kajiwara

A pure-hearted warrior and a miraculous sword

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The Treasury of Loyal Retainers

Kabuki’s greatest work

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Heike and the Isle of Women, aka Shunkan

Long-awaited pardon eludes Shunkan

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The Courier for Hell

A man who has stolen money out of love runs away with his lover, but they cannot escape their destiny.

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The Castle Tower

Once-in-a-millennium love of a fairy princess living in a castle tower

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Hokaibo

A lovable villain blending evil and winsomeness, a roguish but engagingly free spirit who ends up indeed a spirit. Hokaibo has retained his strange popularity for over two centuries.

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Nozaki Village

Osome is desperately in love with Hisamatsu, but the latter is already engaged to the innocent country girl Omitsu. The heartbreaking fate of a three-sided love affair.

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The Scarlet Princess of Edo

Sweet child and monk, esteemed princess and thief. Two unusual couples whose fates are linked by karma.

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The Oil-Hell Murder

A money-hungry youth murders a young woman in a brutal scene of blood and oil

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The Fight of the Megumi Fire Brigade

Fights and fires are called “the flowers of Edo”. A showdown between firemen and sumo wrestlers is replete with the ambience of old Edo.

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Masakado

Princess Takiyasha uses sorcery in an attempt to take over the country on behalf of her rebel father Masakado.

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Two Wankyus

“If we could meet in a dream, I would bring our joyful hearts together and dance.” The dream world of a man driven mad by love.

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The Spider

A mysterious monk, who has come ostensibly to cure a lord through prayer, is betrayed by his shadow.

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The Mirror Lion

A lion materializes in the ladies chamber of Edo Castle

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Wait a Minute!

A superhero swoops in to save the innocent. An inventive one-act piece that conveys the joyful feel of Genroku Kabuki.

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The Heron Maiden

An unrelenting passion leads to doom

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Sukeroku: Flower of Edo

Edo’s most famous dandy and most beautiful courtesan

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First great love suicide drama

First great love suicide drama

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Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy

A masterpiece featuring three interwoven tales of parent-child separation

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The Felicitous Soga Encounter

Brothers find their father’s murderer after 18 years of hardship

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The Summer Festival

A gruesome murder in mud and water against the backdrop of Osaka’s joyous summer festival

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The Three Kichisas

Blood pact by three like-named thieves spirals into tragedy

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Yotsuya Ghost Story

A horror story of love, desire and vengeance

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The Love Affair of Yosaburo and Otomi

A downtrodden scar-faced gangster reencounters his first love

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Barrier Gate

Colorful battle between a cherry tree spirit and a rebel aiming to conquer the nation

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The Sword and the Sumo Ring

A poor sumo wrestler is saved by a stranger’s compassion

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Shinza the Barber

A poetic depiction of commoners in Edo Period life

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The Precious Incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai

Tense battle of wills in the ladies chamber

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The Golden Pavilion

A warrior attempts a hostage rescue against a ruthless insurgent, while a young woman aims to save her struggling husband

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The Dish Mansion at Bancho

A chambermaid’s doubts over her lover, a high-ranking official, lead to tragedy

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