LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - KATAOKA
   
Kataoka Gayű II
Kataoka Gayű II  In Japanese | Band˘ Shinasaku  In Japanese
 

Born the 28th of December 1895 in T˘ky˘ in the district of Z˘shigaya. He made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in May 1902 at the Suehiroza and at the Ichimuraza. He became disciple of Morita Kan'ya XIII in May 1910. He passed the nadai exam in May 1923 and received the name of Band˘ Shinasaku in November 1924 to celebrate this success. He took the name of Kataoka Gayű II in May 1940. He was most likely a disciple of Kataoka Gat˘ IV. He appeared on stage for the last time in September 1962, in T˘ky˘ at the T˘yoko Hall, where he performed in "Meoto Kago". He died the 31st of May 1963. He was a supporting tachiyaku actor, who excelled in henchman roles in ky˘kakumono or matatabimono. His two most notable roles were Kashiyama Kiichir˘ ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri") and Odedeko Denji ("Omatsuri Sashichi"). Once, he played the role of the boatman in "Nozaki-mura". At the end of the play, the boat carrying Osome and her mother was pulled with rope on the hanamichi. Gayű fell from the hanamichi on some customer seats. He climbed back on the hanamichi and crawled up hastily after the boat like a swimmer trying desperately to reach his drifting boat.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Matsushimaya Sat˘ Tatsujir˘
   
Kataoka Hanz˘ III
Kataoka Hanz˘ III  In Japanese
 

Born in Asakusa the 22nd of December 1908. Son of the actor Nakamura Tomiemon, he started his career as a disciple of Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV, who gave him the name of Kataoka Hanz˘ III. He made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in May 1918 at the Kabukiza. He passed the nadai exam in October 1932. He performed in the troupe led by Ichikawa Ennosuke II from the middle of the 1920s to the 1930s. He also performed in several non-Kabuki troupes or worked as a movie actor (11 movies between 1959 and 1968). He also worked for the television. His last-recorded performance in Kabuki happened in June 1973, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the roles of Kobishiya and the retainer Jinnai in "Edo no Yűdachi" and "Yoritomo no Shi". There were records of non-Kabuki performances up to 1982. No record afterwards (is he still alive?). He was a sanmaime supporting actor. His best roles were a guard in "Kanjinch˘", Sangor˘ in "Shigure no Kotatsu", the priest Kokuunb˘ (the "black cloud bonze") in "Narukami" or Kadoebi T˘suke in "Bunshichi Mottoi".

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Matsushimaya Tsuruta Jűtar˘
Kataoka Ichimatsu
Kataoka Ichimatsu  In Japanese | Yamamura Takejir˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 6th of February 1927. He started his acting career in 1942 as a member of the Zenshinza troupe. His first stage name was Yamamura Takejir˘. He made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in September 1942 at the Minamiza. He became disciple of Kataoka Ichiz˘ V in January 1947 and received the name of Kataoka Ichimatsu. He was, since the passing away of Ichimura Tsuruz˘ (1924~2015) the 26th of December 2015, the oldest Kabuki actor. He appeared on stage for the last time in February 2016, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Shinsho Taik˘ki". He was a supporting actor who never passed the nadai exam but faithfully served both Kataoka Ichiz˘ V and Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI for almost 74 years. He died the 20th of May 2016.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Matsushimaya Takano Takeo
Kataoka Matsutar˘
Kataoka Matsutar˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Kichinosuke I  In Japanese | Nakamura Shijaku I  In Japanese
 

Born the 28th of May 1896. Younger brother of the playwright Seto Eiichi and elder brother of the Shinpa actor Seto Hideo. He became disciple of Nakamura Matagor˘ I in 1916 and received the name of Nakamura Shijaku I. His master died the 19th of March 1920. The following year, he joined the troupe of Nakamura Kichiemon I and received the name of Nakamura Kichinosuke I in June 1921 at the Shintomiza. He went to ďsaka a few years later and took the name of Kataoka Matsutar˘ at the Yachiyoza in Matsushima (ďsaka) in November 1925. He performed in T˘ky˘ koshibai at the beginning of the 1930s but no record afterwards. Day of death unknown.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Seto Keiichir˘ Rojaku, Shish˘ Tanbaya, Harimaya, Yawataya

Kataoka Matsutar˘ playing the role of Umegawa in the drama "Fűin Giri", which was staged in October 1932 at the Kotobukiza in T˘ky˘

 
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