The Face of Jizo (Chichi to Kuraseba) is a Japanese play written by Inoue Hisashi.
It was performed by Komatsuza as their 34th Play, from September 3 to September 18 in 1994, directed by Hitoshi Uyama, starring by Masayo Umezawa and Kei Suma. Then has been is performed frequently not only all over Japan but also overseas. Paris in 1997, Moscow in 2001, Hong Kong in 2004 and London in 2007. Now, the play is performed by Komatsuza and some theatrical companies.
The play is adapted for a film "Chichi to Kuraseba" directed by Kuroki Kazuo, starring by Miyazawa Rie, Harada Yoshio and Asano Tadanobu, in 2004. It was filmed as the 3rd and concluding volume of Kazuo Kuroki's "Trilogy works for War Requiem". The story goes with the conversations between a daughter, a survivor of the atomic bombing and her father's ghost like a rapid-fire two-man act in attractive Hiroshima dialect. But, it is also the daughter's anguish to be acquitted from the fact that she could be survived but her father couldn't.
Three years after the atomic bombing, there is a young female librarian in Hiroshima. Her name is "Mitsue" who lost her father by the atomic bombing, and he was her only family member. Mitsue as a survivor, living alone, feeling sad and missing her father. One day, a young man visit her library to study and find the morgue of the atomic bombing. Then Mitsue and the young man will meet and be attracted by each other. But, when Mitsue think about her father, she feels "I cannot be happy", so, when he asked her go out, Mitsue will try to refuse him.
At that night, her father Takezo's ghost will appear at Mitsue to cheer her up, then Takezo will begin to try to open Mitsue's heart, because he wants her to be happy and hopes to have a chance to fall in love with the young man.