Kataoka Ichiz˘ I

The founder of the line Kataoka Ichiz˘ I held this name from 1810 to the 10th lunar month of 1858, then from the 10th lunar month of 1859 to the 7th lunar month of 1862.

The actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ I playing the role of Kanp˘ Jirokichi in the michiyuki "Iro Naoshi Kata no M˘sen", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1830 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Kataoka Ichiz˘ II
Kataoka Ichiz˘ II  In Japanese | Kataoka Jűz˘ I  In Japanese | Nakamura Kajaku  In Japanese | Nakamura Hangor˘  In Japanese | Kataoka Takiz˘  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of Kataoka Ichiz˘ I, performing under the name of Kataoka Takiz˘. He later on became a disciple of Nakamura Utaemon IV and received the name of Nakamura Hangor˘. He went to Edo in 1856 and achieved a great success at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Sawai Matagor˘ and Sakurai Rinzaemon in the drama "Motomishi Hana Bunbu no Norikake". He took the name of Nakamura Kajaku in the 2nd lunar month of 1857 at the Moritaza, playing in the drama "Irifune Soga Nihon no Torikaji". He joined back the Kataoka clan and took the name of Kataoka Jűz˘ I in the 7th lunar month of 1860 at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Haji no Hy˘e and Miyoshi Kiyotsura in the drama "Tenmangű Rish˘ no Kamigaki". He went back to Kamigata in 1865 and took the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ II most likely in the 3rd lunar month at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of T˘ma Sabur˘emon in the drama "Tengajaya". His name disappeared from theater playbills in 1866, before the beginning of the Meiji era. He was mainly a supporting katakiyaku actor. His tsűsh˘ was Kataichi.

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Kajaku, Roen Yamagataya
Kataoka Ichiz˘ II playing the role of Hara Goemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (mitate-e made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1865)
Kataoka Ichiz˘ III
  The actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ III held this name from 1877 to December 1906.
Kataoka Ichiz˘ III portraying Fujiwara no Shihei
Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV

The actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV held this name from October 1909 to December 1926.

Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV playing the role of Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori in the drama "Moritsuna Jin'ya", which was staged in September 1924 at the H˘rakuza

Kataoka Ichiz˘ V

The actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ V held this name from October 1934 to June 1991.

Kataoka Ichiz˘ V during his shűmei k˘j˘ in October 1934 at the Kabukiza

Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI

The actor Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI is the current holder of the name since May 2003.

Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI
Courtesy of DANGO JIR█ HYPER
This image was part of an amazing 2010 web project, which was entitled Kabuki Bijin Tokei (The Kabuki Beautiful People Clock), a special countdown with original pictures of Kabuki actors, one picture per day up to the closing of the Kabukiza (video on youtube)
Kataoka Ichiz˘ VI was Number 16 in this countdown (online the 15th of April 2010, 16 days to go before the closing of T˘ky˘'s most famous theater)

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