Released May 2013. NTSC, Region Code All, English Commentary and booklet notes. 115 mins (main programme) + 23 minutes (special feature on 50 selected works of Kabuki). Colour. Filmed May 1983.
Onoe Shoroku II (1913-1989) was one of great tachiyaku of the showa era, with a warrior like appearance. Nakamura Kanzaburo XVII (1909-1988) was one of the most versatile actors of his time. Jitsukawa Enjaku III was another great tachiyaku, and the last of the Jitsukawa clan. Ichikawa Ebizo X, (Ichikawa Danjuro XII) (1946-2013) was an amazing tachiyaku actor, and holder of the most prestigious name in Kabuki. Onoe Tatsunosuke (1946-1987) was a promising tachiyaku actor at the time of his premature death.
Meiboku Sendai Hagi was first performed as Kabuki in 1777. The play is based on the troubles of the Date family of the Sendai clan. Nikki Danjo, the regent for the Ashikaga family in Oshu, conspires with his younger sister Yashio to take over the Ashikaga family. The part of the wet-nurse Masaoka, is considered one of the greatest onnagata roles of the katahazushi type, samurai women who serve at a daimyo's mansion.