"Sharaku" Part 1

I also create plays in the unit of dozens, but one of my favorite works is "Horohoro", the only historical drama work. However, to be more precise, it is not a complete historical drama because the story advances while linking the present and the Edo period. Rather, it's a fantasy work.

A mysterious painter from the Edo period, the most famous actor picture drawn by Sharaku, and the main character is Otani Oniji. The Kabuki actor of the Edo period appeared in the present age, and the story that is set in the Edo period and the present age is a mystery that traces the murderer's criminal and who is “Sharaku” and the mystery of the mystery.

I won't forget. The premiere of this work reminds me of the days when Ishimori was in the last hospital, and when he closed his eyes, he went to the hospital while attending a lesson. At that time, I was interested in what kind of story the work I wrote down, and asked me various things. I wrote “Sharaku” as the subject. Immediately, he said, "Anyone who wants to write about Sharaku at least once wants to write things."

A painter who appeared like a comet in the Edo period, prevailed in the world with the prints of actors, and suddenly disappeared in less than a year. Since only the work was left, and no book describing the person was left behind, the mystery of who Sharaku is is still unclear.

From the dummy theory of famous painters to multiple co-authored theories, and the theory that Shigusabu Tsutaya, the publisher, produced it to a mysterious person in order to sell an unknown newcomer, various opinions have been mixed.

As is true for me, it is certainly fun to deduce it, and I want to draw it in my work. After that story, I was very interested in what Ishimori's work was about Sharaku, and I searched for it.

ありました、ありました。僕が知る限り、三作品。『佐武と市捕り物控』で「しゃらくせい」という傑作長編作。それと、読み切り作品で二作、「東洲斎写楽捕者帳之内・早春殺」と「写楽」。石森作品の時代劇は、時代考証から作品を包むムード、その構図、物語まで、どれをとっても秀逸で、傑作揃い。今回は、その中で、しかも≪写楽≫を題材に描いた作品のうち、『写楽』という作品の事を語りたいと思います。前置きが長くなりましたが、また、それは、次回に。

Shotaro Ishinomori I saw