NTSC, Region Code All, English Commentary and booklet notes. 75 mins (main programme) + 23 minutes (special feature on 50 selected works of Kabuki). Colour. Filmed February 2006.
Matsumoto Koshiro IX (born 1942) is a popular tachiyaku actor. Nakamura Fukusuke IX is a popular onnagata actor. Nakamura Shibajaku VII (born 1955) is another of the most popular and best onnagata actors.
Ichi no Tani Futaba Gunki was originally written for bunraku and staged for the first time in 1751. Jinmon and Kumiuchi belong to the second act. In Jinmon (The Camp Gate) Yoshitsune has planned an attack on the Heike camp. It is night and a flute is heard from inside the camp, a decoy during which time Kojiro, son of Kumagai, is dragged into the enemy camp. Kumiuchi, (The Duel) centres around Atsumori and Kumagai, a story with a twist at the end when true identities are revealed.