Product: Peking Opera Wu Long Yuan- Zuo Lou Sha Xi
Starring: Zhang Jianguo, Geng Qiaoyun
Performed by the Third Troupe of China National Peking Opera Company
Published by Beijing Culture & Art Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: 1 DVD
This performance is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of China Peking Opera Theatre.
This opera depicts a story adapted from a plot of the historic fiction Outlaws of the Marsh. Song Jiang (宋江) was the leader of an army of bandits on Mount Liang.
Song Jiang was the elder son of a landowner. He was known to be very filial and helped those who were in need of help selflessly, which earned him his reputation throughout Shandong Hebei region and the nickname The Timely Rain. He was also well-versed in martial arts and literature, and served as an official in Yuncheng Prefecture.
His destiny changed when he was summoned to arrest Chao Gai and the band who robbed the birthday gifts of Cai Jing, Grand Tutor of Emperor of the Song Dynasty. He would like to take a risk by warning Chao before sending the constables Lei Heng and Zhu Tong.
Alas, Song Jiang married a courtesan, named Yan Xi Jiao, for supporting her and his mother. He set up Black Dragon Compound to live with them, but she committed adultery by having an affair with Zhang Wenyuan, Song Jiang's assistant, snubbed Song and picked a quarrel. Song upset and left house for several days. Some day Song returned and closed the door on the floor as his mother-in-law did wish them get along. Song did not sleep a whole night and got up early and left in a hurry. After Song left, Yan discovered Song Jiang's relationship with Chao Gai and the bandits through a letter from Chao for Song. While Song Jiang came back to get his left letter, Yan refused him and threatened to expose him. Song raged and accidentally killed her.