Ataka (play)

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Umewaka Manzaburo(梅若万三郎), 1931

Ataka (安宅) is a Noh play written in 1465, during the Muromachi Era of Japan by playwright Kanze Nobumitsu.

It has been adapted as a kabuki play, Kanjinchō, and as a movie, Tora no o-wo fumu otokotachi, directed by Kurosawa Akira.

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Minamoto no Yoshitsune falls out of favor with his brother, the Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo, and escapes with his followers to Mutsu Province, disguised as priests. They head for a temple called Todaiji (a local branch of the Todaiji Temple in Nara), but are stopped along the way by a suspicious guard. The recitation of a fake letter of intent by Yoshitsune's companion Benkei, which convinces the guard to let them pass, is the main highlight of the play.

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