SAWAMURA KUNITARď
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Sawamura Kunitar˘ I
  The actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ I held this name from the 1740s to the 7th lunar month of 1818.

Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (1799~1801)

Sawamura Kunitar˘ II
 

The actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1819 to 1836.

Sawamura Kunitar˘ II

Sawamura Kunitar˘ III
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Nakayama Nanshi II, who gave him the name of Nakayama Enshi and trained him to perform in kodomo shibai in Ky˘to from the beginning of the 1830s. He became a disciple of Nakamura Karoku I in 1836 and took the name of Nakamura Kaoru. He joined Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V in 1845 and received the name of Ichikawa Suminoj˘. He used Ichikawa Kash˘ as a stage name for a while around 1863 and finally took the name of Sawamura Kunitar˘ III in 1866. He traveled a lot during his career, not only in his native Kamigata, but also in T˘ky˘ and the central provinces. He was able to play quite a wide range of roles, either as a tachiyaku or an onnagata. He never achieved stardom and his last recorded performance was in January 1890, in T˘ky˘ at the Azumaza (a koshibai venue).

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kash˘ Oginoya, Naritaya

Sawamura Kunitar˘ III playing the role of Osan in the drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1866 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1866
Sawamura Kunitar˘ IV
 

Born the 1st of June 1905 in Asakusa (T˘ky˘). He was the son of the playwright Kawatake Mokuami's disciple Kat˘ Denz˘ and his real name was Kat˘ Tomoichi. He started his career in 1914 as a child-actor, performing under the name of Sawamura Kozuchi. He took the name of Sawamura Kunitar˘ IV in October 1924 and left the koshibai Kabuki world to become a movie actor in 1929 by joining the Makino Eiga company. He joined the T˘katsu movie company in 1931 and the Nikkatsu in 1932. He died of a stroke the 26th of November 1974. He was the father of the famous movie stars Nagato Hiroyuki and Tsugawa Masahiko. He was also the brother of the movie actor Kat˘ Daisuke.

The list of Sawamura Kunitar˘'s movies (in Japanese)

Sawamura Kunitar˘ IV in 1928

 
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