Released May 2013. NTSC, Region Code All, English Commentary and booklet notes. 89 mins (main programme) + 23 minutes (special feature on 50 selected works of Kabuki). Colour. Filmed October 1981.
Onoe Shoroku II (1913-1989) was one of the best tachiyaku of the Showa era. Ichimura Uzaemon XVII (1916-2001) was a leading tachiyaku of post-war Kabuki world, who learnt his trade from the legendary old actors. Nakamura Jakuemon IV (1920-2012) was a Living National Treasure, and the top onnagata of his time. Nakamura Kichiemon II (born 1944) is also a Living National Treasure and one of the most popular tachiyaku actors. Onoe Kikugoro VII (born 1942) is a popular kaneru yakusha (plays any role) actor. Onoe Tatsunosuke (1946-1987) never realized his potential before passing away aged 40. Ichikawa Ebizo X, (Ichikawa Danjuro XII) (1946-2013) was an amazing tachiyaku actor, and holder of the most prestigious name in Kabuki. Nakamura Kotaro V (born 1960) is an onnagata actor and heir apparent to be the next Nakamura Utaemon.
Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga Kagatobi (usually known as Kagatobi) premiered in 1886. The fireman serving the wealthy Kaga clan were well known for their spirit. This play features a short pageant of these firefighters combined with a dark story of the sinister masserur Dogen who uses murder, theft and extortion to satisfy his lust and greed.