ONOE SHďROKU II

Stage names:

Onoe Sh˘roku II
Matsumoto Yutaka

Others names:

Fujima Kansai
Fujima Kan'emon IV

Real name: Fujima Yutaka

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Kinsen

Existence: 28 March 1913 ~ 25 June 1989

Connections:

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI

Brothers: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII (Haku˘), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI

Son: Onoe Tatsunosuke I

Grandson: Onoe Sh˘roku IV

Great-grandson: Onoe Sakon III

Career:

October 1918: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Imperial Theater, receiving the name of Matsumoto Yutaka and playing the role of Ishiwakamaru in the drama "Shusse Kagekiyo".

March 1935: Yutaka becomes disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and takes the name of Onoe Sh˘roku II at the Kabukiza. This name has not been held since 10th lunar month of 1815. The new Sh˘roku plays the roles of Arajishi Otokonosuke and Bant˘nai in the dramas "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Tsuchi Gumo".

1937: Onoe Sh˘roku II becomes the head of the Fujima School of traditional dance and, as a dance master, takes the name of Fujima Kan'emon IV.

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi"; Sh˘roku plays the role of the yamabushi Shunj˘b˘ Jűgen [more details].

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Sh˘roku plays the role of Inuta Kobungo [casting].

January 1949: his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII dies.

July 1949: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI dies.

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Sh˘roku plays the role of ďmu no Ryűz˘, later the priest Ryűzen [casting].

January 1952: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji"; Sh˘roku plays the role of a young shugenja [casting].

October 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga"; Sh˘roku plays the role of Hirate Masahide [casting]. He also plays for the first time the role of the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi". His stage partners in the roles of S˘shichi and the courtesan Kojor˘ are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Sh˘roku plays the role of the hatamoto D˘mae Daikichi [casting].

March 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Oshidori"; Sh˘roku plays the role of Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa [more details].

December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which is entitled "Osan Mohei"; Sh˘roku plays the role of Akamatsu Bairyű [casting].

June ~ July 1960: Sh˘roku takes part in the first Kabuki tour in the USA; He plays the roles of Benkei, Yuranosuke, Moron˘ and Tamanoi in the dramas "Kanjinch˘", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and "Migawari Zazen" [casting].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Sh˘roku plays the role of Minamoto Yorimitsu (Raik˘) [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Sh˘roku plays the role of Danshichi Mohei [casting].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Sh˘roku plays the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, Kumedera Danj˘ and the deity Fud˘ My˘˘ [casting].

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Sh˘roku plays the role of the priest Shűkei [casting].

1972: Sh˘roku receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

1975: Fujima Kan'emon IV takes the name of Fujima Kansai and gives his previous dance master name to his son Onoe Tatsunosuke I, who becomes Fujima Kan'emon V.

October 1979: Sh˘roku plays for the last time the role of the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi", which is staged at the Kabukiza. His stage partners in the roles of S˘shichi and the courtesan Kojor˘ are S˘shichi and Kojor˘ are Onoe Kikugor˘ VII and Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

January 1982: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘roku plays the role of the warrior Mita no Genji Takeru [casting].

January 1983: revival of "Nanatsu Men" at the National Theatre; Sh˘roku plays the role of the mask-maker Gagoze Akaemon, in reality Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo [casting].

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya"; Sh˘roku plays the roles of Fuwa Banzaemon Terumasa and Sh˘ki Daijin [casting].

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘roku plays the role of Hatakeyama no Shigetada, later the Chinese general Kan U [casting].

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Sh˘roku plays the roles of Kiyohara no Takehira and the priest Chichű (in reality the spirit of the ground spider) in the drama "Shibaraku" and the dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].

January 1986: revival at the National Theatre of the rarely-staged drama "Uwanari", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘roku plays the role of K˘ga no Sabur˘ Kaneie [more details].

March 1987: his son Onoe Tatsunosuke I dies.

Comments:

Onoe Sh˘roku II was one of the best tachiyaku of the Sh˘wa era. His physical appearance evoked the great aragotoshi of the Genroku era.

Onoe Sh˘roku II's best roles: Benkei ("Kanjinch˘"), the hairdresser Shinza ("Kamiyui Shinza"), the Earth Spider ("Tsuchi Gumo"), the wicked priest Narukami ("Narukami"), Kumedera Danj˘ ("Kenuki"), Igami no Gonta/Taira no Tomomori/the fox Genkur˘/Tadanobu ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa ("Shibaraku"), the fishmonger S˘gor˘ ("Sakanaya S˘gor˘"), Umekichi/D˘gen ("Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi").

Onoe Sh˘roku II playing the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955)

Prints & Illustrations

The Onoe Sh˘roku line of actors

 
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