“kumiodori” is a Okinawan classical drama consisted of sing, dance and music, as well as Kabuki, musical and opera.
Okinawa has been called the island of sing and dance. Chokun Tamagusuku, a Ryūkyū courtier who lived from 1684–1734, is credited with the establishment of Kumiodori for entertaining a guest from overseas.
When this Okinawa island was called Ryukyu, it played a central role in the maritime trade network and trade with neighboring countries, China, south-eastern Asia as well as Japan.
The trade had drawn many different cultures and by fusing these cultures with conventional cultures, Ryukyu has formed its original culture. One of these cultures, especially, Kumiodori has been passed down to posterity.
This play “Nidou Tekiuchi”, set in ancient Ryukyu war, was first performed in 1719. In this play, Tsurumatsu and Kamechiyo brothers, disguised themselves as dancers, planned to avenge their father on Amawari.
We decided to adapt this play “Nidou Tekiuchi” for the screen so that you will come to enjoy “Kumiodori”, named to the UNESCO list of world heritage and important intangible cultural heritage by Japanese Government. It is sure that you will enjoy their beautiful stage costumes and the way they deliver their lines in Ryukyu archaic language
Please enjoy the film and feel the history of Ryukyu Kingdom at the height of prosperity by trade period.