|NAKAMURA KAN'EMON III|
Real name: Mitsui Kanejir˘
Guilds: Narikomaya, Komamuraya
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 2 February 1901 ~ 21 September 1989
Father: Nakamura Kan'emon II
Brother: Nakamura Nakasuke III
Brother-in-law: Nakamura Kamon II
Grandson: Nakamura Baijaku II
November 1905: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ryűseiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Umemaru and plays the role of Karasu Tengű in the drama "Yamanba".
1911: following a dispute with Seki Sanjűr˘ V, he takes back the name of Nakamura Umemaru.
Fall 1911: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Shikan V.
November 1911: Nakamura Umemaru and his elder brother Nakamura Umenosuke II respectively take the names of Nakamura Umenosuke III and Nakamura Kamon I at the Kabukiza; they perform in the special programs celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon V.
27 April 1919: his father Nakamura Kan'emon II dies.
April 1920: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Kan'emon III.
February 1926: foundation with Band˘ Utaz˘ and Nakamura Utagor˘ of a reformist study group named Tomodachiza ("the friends troupe"). Their first show is staged in Kanda at the Shingoeza and includes the jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono", the sewamono "Domo Mata" and the dance "Hashi Benkei".
1929: 17th and final show for the Tomodachiza.
November 1929: he starts a reformist theater magazine name Gekisen ("Theater Combat"). He has to leave his master's clan because of his radical stand.
1930: Kan'emon leaves the Sh˘chiku, the main Kabuki show-producing company in Japan.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Kan'emon plays the role of the priest Zangetsu [casting].
November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produces for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Kan'emon (Togashi), Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Benkei) and Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V (Yoshitsune).
1952 ~ 1955: clandestine study stay in China.
December 1959: Kan'emon plays at the Meijiza the role of Sasano Sangobei in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime". His stage partners are Kawarazaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Satsuma Gengobŕ) and Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V (Sakuraya Koman).
1965: Kan'emon plays in the movie "Kaidan", directed by Kobayashi Masaki.
1969: Kan'emon plays in the movie "Tengűt˘", directed by Yamamoto Satsuo.
Nakamura Kan'emon III was the cofounder of the Zenshinza troupe and an amazing tachiyaku actor, who played an important role in the revivals of old classics or the productions of new dramas. His forte were sewamono dramas.
The Nakamura Umenosuke line of actors
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