Life of a Court Lady


Life of a court Lady

An Art Theatre Guild

& Nakasekai Production

Produced by Akira Tojo &

DP Masao Nakabori

Music by Ryohei Hirose


Janet Hatta

Shin Kishida, Minori Terada,

Hananomoto Kotobuki

chisako Hara, Mitsuko Hoshi,

Hosei Komatsu, Saburo Shinoda

Directed by Akio Jissoji

In the midst of the 1 3th century,

on the Asian continent

Genghis Khan's son Kublai had

constructed the Mongolian Empire,

and in seeking to put the Korean Peninsula as

well as Japan under its influence

demanded Japan to submit tributes.

The arrival of the letter, which hinted at the use

of force, shocked the Kamakura Shoganate

and the lmperial court turned pale with fear

by such an unprecedented major event.

After repeated conferences the decision was

made to reject the proclamation from Mongolia,

resulting in the attack by large Mongolian

forces on the costal region of Kyushu

shortly after 1274, followed by another in 1 281

What's up with them?

Those Mongoloid monsters are

coming in droves to attack Kyushu.

Because of that, I heard they've been rounding

up crooks to send them over to Hakata.

Sh*t, we should run away!


Brother! What's going on?

Damn you! Where are you taking my brother?

Let him go! Let my brother go!

Punish her!

Yes, sir!


Savages! Murderers! Demons!

What did you just say?!

You'll pay for this!

Murderers like you are destined

to burn in the demon's cauldron!

I can't be a murderer if I don't believe

in your monk's made up stories.

And more importantly have a look,

the crows already have their eyes on her.

We are always the ones

who get treated so horribly


it seems you're still a poor writer of songs.

As I am an old man I can only

accompany my lord's whims to a point.

I am as frail as these poems,

and I told you many times how

it doesn't fit my personality.

Not making any poems and constantly drinking

You are one helpless chief counselor

Yes, but this is the last. Forgive me.

The relaxing spring sun

has lulled my old body

and I feel pleasantly sleepy.

You mean you are sleepy from alcohol.

Such songs of love,

No matter how much preasure is put on me,

at my age they are empty words.

Take a look, Seienji's face is filled with life.

Is there anything the matter, old man?

I'm saying that I'm jealous of you.

"Hidden Love"

"Past Love"

"Love at Dawn"

"Love in the Afternoon"

"Distant Love"

"close Love"

"Love During Travel"

These topics seem like Lord Tameie

was coming up with them just for you.

By the way, Lord Tameie


I hear that you were quite the master

of kemari when you were young

No, No. It was not that impressive

No, he possessed magnificent skill

it's unfortunate that I do not have any

memory of seeing Lord Tameie play kemari

Though his father Lord Sadaie did

seem to have a permanent illness

Indeed. I had a folding screen made of the 1 00

preeminent songs he wrote while at our retreat

in Mt.Kokura

but the letters were thick and seemed to

have been done with trembling hands

so he probably had a disability,

although he still lived a very long life

He also seemed to get long with

the samurai from Kanto

Unlike us, he seemed to have an eye

for understanding current events.

That, Mr. Sanjyo, is because they welcomed

in his wife from Mr. Saienji's house.

Lord Tameie's mother did come

from Seienji's house.

Unlike us,

cooped up in the capital obsessed over old

traditions like frogs in a well,

Seienji's family is equipped with robust wit,

capable of making friends with the

wild bunch in Kamakura.

Isn't that so, Mr. Tameie, Mr. Saienji?

Lord Tameie

What do you think is the secret

to improve one's song writing?

Well, my father Lord Teika...

Nevermind about Lord Teika

I would like to hear your personal thoughts

In that case, to write a song,

one does not necessarily

need intelligence or education,

but what is important is that it comes

from one's own nature and one's heart

Emperor Juntoku and Emperor Gotaba

had also mentioned...

Right, right. So now these are the words of

Emperor Juntoku and Emperor Gotaba

But as I understand...

What is more important is one's daily practice

Even if one writes a masterpiece one day,

if one neglects their practice the next

one will only come out average

resulting in impressions that might have people

say, "you got someone else to write it"


That is something that is necessary.

By the way, Lord Tameie, do you have

fun when you are writing songs?


whether it is fun... Such matters I don't usually...

"even think about it" is what you want to say

That must be what a happy life is like

But since I live putting effort in

having fun, I undertand you

and still lonely winds blow through your life

Living within the lake of lotus leaves

The turtle drawn to the city of gems

Finally gets to play after an eternity

My lord, I received notice from the capital, the

Mongoloids ransacked Tsushima and lchiki,

and after they passed Hizen by Matsura,

they landed in Hakata

where they commenced atrocities utilizing

a weapon known as a gun

and marched straight to the

governmental palace,

but upon returning to their ships there was a

sudden downpour and gusts of wind,

with many of their ships sinking,

the rest fled to shallower shores

It has come as celebratory news, once the

capital received word they were filled with joy

I see

So this country still possesses some luck.

That's good to know.


Let us hold a celebration here

at the Tominokouji Temple.

I haven't laid my hand on a lute in a while

Gather the women that are good at dancing

And while I'm at it, I'll bully Saienji whose

current situation hasn't improved

I'm afraid that Sir Saienji is currently busy

dealing with the men down in Kamakura

That's right.

He is a good man but still such a fool


When Shijo returns to her hometown this

Tominokouji sure feels colder

The elegance has faded from this place

I know, I'll write a letter to Shijo.

There is the thing about the

maternity belt anyway

It must be hard to give birth

with such a supple body

The heart thirsts for frost,

the garden, a moon at midnight

surrounded by fall,

unable to see that upside down

is the path of love

surrounded by fall,

unable to see that upside down

is the path of love

the water from the fall

slipping through the rocks

It is a message from the Lord

He will have a messanger bring the

maternity belt tomorrow

He says to take care of my body

and to birth a healthy prince

A maternity belt?

We already put the belt on two months ago

Don't even mention such a thing

Such a sinful thing to do.

to deceive the lord in such a way,

he will surely find out at some point

Such a terrible lie is bound

to come back to hurt us

Just thinking of that...

makes me shudder

You cannot place all the blame on yourself

It will effect your body

Shijo who received the Lords devoted

affection had returned back home

where she was preparing to

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