ICHIKAWA RAIZď
   
EIGHT GENERATIONS
Ichikawa Raiz˘ I
 

The actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1761 to the 4th lunar month of 1767.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ I portraying Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Raiz˘ II
Ichikawa Raiz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Hinaz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Iwaz˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in 1754. Son of Ichikawa Raiz˘ I, he received the names of Ichikawa Iwaz˘ and Ichikawa Hinaz˘ at unknown times. He took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ II in the 5th lunar month of 1769 at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Edo Zakura Sono Omokage", which commemorates the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of his late father Ichikawa Raiz˘ I. He appeared on stage for the last time, in the 11th lunar month of 1777 at the Moritaza, where he played the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the kaomise drama "Hito no Kuni Yori Mitsugi no Irifune" which celebrated the return to Edo of the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III. He died the following year, the 7th of the 1st lunar month of 1778. He was a promising wakashugata actor, who unfortunately died in his prime.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Hakusha (?) Kashiwaya

Ichikawa Raiz˘ II playing the role of Yoshida no Matsuwakamaru in the new year drama "Kagamigaike Omokage Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1770 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘)

Ichikawa Raiz˘ III
Ichikawa Raiz˘ III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Masuz˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Haruz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V. He started his career around 1756 and his first stage name was Ichikawa Haruz˘. He was trained as a tachiyaku actor. He took the name of Ichikawa Masuz˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1779 at the Nakamuraza. He took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1788 at the Moritaza. He was active in Edo up to 1805. No record afterwards.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ III portraying the yakko Namihei in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Raiz˘ IV
 

The actor Ichikawa Omez˘ II held the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ IV from the 11th lunar month of 1821 to the 10th lunar month of 1824.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ IV portraying Ume˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Raiz˘ V
 

The actor Ichikawa Raiz˘ V held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1859 to the 5th lunar month of 1866.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ V portraying Rai Tar˘ Kunitoshi in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Ichikawa Raiz˘ 5.6
Ichikawa Raiz˘  In Japanese
 

A minor actor performed under the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ in June 1878 in ďsaka at the Ebisuza. He was not an official holder of this name.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI
Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI  In Japanese | Suzuki Kichiz˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichijiku  In Japanese
 

Born in 1876. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, his first stage name was Ichikawa Ichijiku. He took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI at an unknown time. He quarreled with his master during summer 1897 and left the Ichikawa clan. He changed his name to Suzuki Kichiz˘ and kept it for a few years, until his reinstatement by his master. This onnagata actor took back the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI and held it up to his death in T˘ky˘ the 21st of September 1901.

Ichikawa Raiz˘ VI in 1893

Ichikawa Raiz˘ VII
Ichikawa Raiz˘ VII  In Japanese | Ichikawa Eitar˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1890. His father was the chief priest of the Honganji temple in T˘ky˘. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, he made his debut on stage in January 1896, performing under the name of Ichikawa Eitar˘. He took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ VII in March 1908. He was active during the Taish˘ era but had to stop acting, leaving the Kabuki world to become a Buy˘ teacher in the Fujima school of traditional dance. We don't know when he died.

Haimy˘ Honmy˘
Hakusha (?) Inoue Keiyű
Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII
Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII  In Japanese | Ichikawa Enz˘ III  In Japanese
 

Born in Ky˘to the 29th of August 1931. Son of Ichikawa Kudanji III, he made his debut on stage in November 1946 at the ďsaka Kabukiza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Enz˘ III. He was adopted by Ichikawa Jukai III in 1951 and took the name of Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII in June 1951. He joined the Daiei movie company in 1954 and became one of the biggest movie stars in the 1950s and 1960s, starring in 158 movies. He is best known for the Nemuri Ky˘shir˘ series (Sleepy Eyes of Death in English - 12 movies), the Shinobi no Mono series (The Ninja in English), the Waka Oyabun (Young Boss) series or the Rikugun Nakano Gakk˘ series (Army Nakano School in English). He worked many times with the famous director Misumi Kenji. He died in T˘ky˘ the 17th of July 1969.

The list of Ichikawa Raiz˘'s movies (in Japanese)

The list of Ichikawa Raiz˘'s movies (in Japanese - different format)

The list of Ichikawa Raiz˘'s movies (in English - not complete)

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Masudaya ďta Yoshiya

Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII

 
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