KAWARASAKI KUNITARď V

Stage names:

Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V In Japanese
Ichikawa Emiya I In Japanese

Real name: Matsuyama Tar˘

Guild: Yamazakiya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 14 October 1909 ~ 11 October 1990

Connections:

Master: Ichikawa Ennosuke II

Grandson: Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ VI

Career:

14 October 1909: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Kanda.

April 1928: he became disciple of the actor Ichikawa Ennosuke II, received the name of Ichikawa Emiya I and appeared on stage for the first time, at the Hong˘za.

May 1931: he joined the progressive troupe Zenshinza founded and led by Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Nakamura Kan'emon III.

April 1932: he took the name of Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V, playing the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which was staged at the Ichimuraza.

November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produced for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ with Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Benkei), Nakamura Kan'emon III (Togashi) and Kunitar˘ (Yoshitsune).

December 1940: Kunitar˘ played for the first time the role of Otsuta in the drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", which was staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; the role of Komagata Mohŕ was played by Nakamura Kan'emon III.

1958 ~ 1959: the Zenshinza troupe produced the bombastic play "Gedatsu" with Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Kunitar˘ in the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and the courtesan Akoya. The play was staged in January 1958 in Nagoya (Misonoza), in February 1958 in ďsaka (Kabukiza), in March 1958 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and in July 1959 in T˘ky˘ (Meijiza).

December 1959: Kunitar˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Sakuraya Koman in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kan'emon III (Sasano Sangobŕ) and Kawarasaki Ch˘jűr˘ IV (Satsuma Gengobŕ).

December 1978: Kunitar˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the roles of Unzari Omatsu, Taheiji's wife Omichi and Sajűr˘'s wife Satsuki in the drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji".

December 1982: Kunitar˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Otsuta in the drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri"; the role of Komagata Mohŕ was played by Nakamura Umenosuke IV.

August 1983: Kunitar˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Oshun in Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure"; the role of Shirafuji Genta was played by Arashi Keishi.

11 October 1990: Kunitar˘ died.

Comments:

Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ V was the tateonnagata of the Zenshinza troupe from 1931 up to his passing away in 1990. He was one of the leading actors of the first generation of Zenshinza actors. He excelled in roles like Dote no Oruku ("Osome no Nanayaku"), Otsuta ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri"), Otomi ("Kirare Otomi") or Unzari no Omatsu ("Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji").

Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V playing the role de Oshun in the drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure"

The Ichikawa Emiya line of actors

The Kawarasaki Kunitar˘ line of actors

 
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