|KAWARAZAKI CHÔJÛRÔ IV|
Real name: Kawarazaki Toranosuke
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: 13 December 1902 ~ 22 September 1981
Father: Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VIII
Sons: Kawarazaki Chôichirô, Kawarazaki Jirô, Kawarazaki Kenzô
July 1913: Kawarazaki Toranosuke took the name of Kawarazaki Chôjûrô IV.
1919: Chôjûrô joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II.
March 1921: Chôjûrô played at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of Obô Kichisa in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Onoe Eizaburô VII (Ojô Kichisa) and Onoe Kôzô II (Oshô Kichisa).
November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produced for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinchô", in Tôkyô at the Shinbashi Enbujô, with Chôjûrô (Benkei), Nakamura Kan'emon III (Togashi) and Kawarazaki Kunitarô V (Yoshitsune).
1936: Chôjûrô played the role of Kôchiyama Sôshun in the eponymous movie directed by Yamanaka Sadao.
1944: Chôjûrô played the role of Miyamoto Musashi in the eponymous movie directed by Mizoguchi Kenji.
1958 ~ 1959: the Zenshinza troupe produced the bombastic play "Gedatsu" with Chôjûrô and Kawarazaki Kunitarô V in the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and the courtesan Akoya. The play was performed in January 1958 in Nagoya (Misonoza), in February 1958 in Ôsaka (Kabukiza), in March 1958 in Kyôto (Minamiza) and in July 1959 in Tôkyô (Meijiza).
December 1959: Chôjûrô played at the Meijiza the role of Satsuma Gengobê in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fûjime"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kan'emon III (Sasano Sangobei) and Kawarazaki Kunitarô V (Sakuraya Koman).
1960: first stay in the Popular Republic of China.
1965: second stay in the Popular Republic of China.
22 September 1981: Chôjûrô died.
Kawarazaki Chôjûrô IV was the cofounder of the Zenshinza troupe and an amazing tachiyaku, able of playing the best roles in the aragoto style like Benkei ("Kanjinchô") or the wicked priest Narukami ("Narukami").
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