|KATAOKA NIZAEMON XIII|
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Real name: Kataoka Chiyonosuke
Line number: J█SANDAIME (XIII)
Poetry name: Sakoku
Crest: the ideogram for two (2 horizontal bars) in a circle
Existence: 15 December 1903 ~ 26 March 1994
Great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII
Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XI
Great-grandson: Kataoka Sennosuke
December 1903: born in T˘ky˘. He is the third son of
December 1906: he makes his first stage appearance, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, receiving the name of Kataoka Chiyonosuke.
April 1929: Kataoka Chiyonosuke takes the name of Kataoka Gat˘ IV.
1939: Gat˘ settles in ďsaka.
March 1951: Kataoka Gat˘ IV takes the name of Kataoka Nizaemon XIII.
November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Nizaemon plays the roles of Takebe Genz˘ and Terukuni [casting].
April 1976: the National Theatre produces the revival in 5 acts and 9 scenes of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Nizaemon plays the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and Daibutsu Mochiya S˘emon [casting].
April 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Nizaemon plays the roles of Taik˘ Hisayoshi and Kishida Minbu (in reality Shih˘ten Tajima-no-Kami) [casting].
1991: a great 8-hours long documentary dedicated to Nizaemon and called "Kabuki Yakusha: Kataoka Nizaemon" is directed by Haneda Sumiko.
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII was a tachiyaku and a wagotoshi of the Sh˘wa era. His career is one of the longest in Kabuki history and in his later years, though he almost lost his eyesight, he was still on top of the bill in difficult roles.
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII's best roles: Kameya Chűbei ("Fűin Giri"), Magoemon ("Ninokuchi-Mura"), Kan Sh˘j˘ ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami") S˘roku (Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi), Shigetada (Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki), Fujiya Izaemon ("Kuruwa Bunsh˘") and Takechi Mitsuhide ("Ehon Taik˘ki").
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII playing the role of Momoi Wakasanosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1953)
The Kataoka Gat˘ line of actors
The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors
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