Descending Stories: A Life in Rakugo
- Based on the manga that started a rakugo boom among the new generation
In 1930s Japan, Yakumo enters the rakugo (entertainment storytelling) world on the same day under the same tutelage as Sukeroku. Filled with admiration and seething with envy at Sukeroku's genius, Yakumo agonizes and grows, with support from a geisha named Miyokichi. Eventually, she chooses Sukeroku, but then they perish in a mysterious accident. Weighed down by the secret of their death, Yakumo raises their orphaned daughter, Konatsu. Konatsu, meanwhile, grows up blaming Yakumo for her parents' death. And with Yakumo's apprentice, Yotarou, she presses hard to get to the truth Yakumo has been hiding all these years...