KAWARAZAKI GONJ█Rď II

Stage names:

Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Kaoru I In Japanese

Other name:

Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘ II In Japanese

Real name: Nagatani K˘tar˘

Guild: Yamazakiya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 6 August 1880 ~ 11 January 1955

Connections:

Mother: Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VIII's wife Ohama

Sons: Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III, Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘ III

Career:

1880: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi. His family manages the shibai jaya Takedaya.

1885: he appears on stage for the first time, receving the name of Ichikawa Kaoru I and playing the role of Kan Shűsai in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

November 1907: Ichikawa Kaoru I takes the name of Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II in ďsaka.

April 1911: Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II takes at the Kabukiza the name of Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II.

September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Matsui Gengo and Tsunaemon [casting].

1939: Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Onoe Kikugor˘ V in Mizoguchi Kenji's movie "Zangiku Monogatari".

1944: Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in Mizoguchi Kenji's movie "Danjűr˘ Sandai".

1951: Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Yamanaka Heikur˘ and Okiku in It˘ Daisuke's movie "ďedo Gonin Otoko".

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Sasagawa K˘jűr˘ [casting].

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of the old boatman Shinbŕ [casting].

Comments:

Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II spent the early years of his career in ďsaka, where he gained experience while playing in Kataoka Nizaemon XI's troupe. He moved back to T˘ky˘ and played either leading roles in Asakusa's small theaters (K˘en Gekij˘, Miyatoza) or supporting roles at the Kabukiza. He was nicknamed "Asakusa Uzaemon" because many of his favourite roles, like Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the play "Sanemori Monogatari", were in fact associated with the great star Ichimura Uzaemon XV. He spent his career's last years in the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe, playing old men roles.

Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ II playing the role of Date Jir˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘"

The Kawarazaki Gonzabur˘ line of actors

The Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ line of actors

 
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