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Program Title: Hagoromo [Angel's Robe]
EASC Code: JH-05
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Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
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Subject: Theatrical Performance
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Running Time: 60 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "The story of Hagoromo, one of the greatest pieces of the No theater, is simple. A fisher man named Hakuryo finds a beautiful robe of feathers hanging on a pine tree by the seashore one balmy spring morning. He resolves to take it home with him to keep as a "treasure of his house." An angel appears, laying claim to the robe. He refuses to return it to her. She grieves, since without it she must remain on earth. Hakuryo, touched by her sorrow as he sees the "five signs that taint a sacred form" begin their slow corruption of her purity, agrees to return the robe if she will dance for him. Full of joy and gratitude, she prepares to dance as angels dance "about the palace of the moon above," and says she must have her robe to perform. Hakuryo suspects that once she has the robe, she will fly away, but the gentle being replies, 'Oh, no indeed! Doubt exists only among you mortals. In heaven there can never be deceitfulness.' Hakuryo is ashamed and forthwith hands over the robe. She dances, for mankind's joy, she says, and returns to heaven." -- Kenneth Yasuda, Masterworks of the Noh Theater
Data Entry Date: 1/27/1999