|KAWARASAKI CHÔJÛRÔ IV|
Real name: Kawarasaki Toranosuke
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: 13 December 1902 ~ 22 September 1981
Father: Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VIII
Sons: Kawarasaki Chôichirô, Kawarasaki Jirô, Kawarasaki Kenzô
July 1913: Kawarasaki Toranosuke took the name of Kawarasaki Chôjûrô IV.
1919: Chôjûrô joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II.
March 1921: Chôjûrô played at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of Obô Kichisa in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Onoe Eizaburô VII (Ojô Kichisa) and Onoe Kôzô II (Oshô Kichisa).
November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produced for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinchô", in Tôkyô at the Shinbashi Enbujô, with Chôjûrô (Benkei), Nakamura Kan'emon III (Togashi) and Kawarasaki Kunitarô V (Yoshitsune).
1936: Chôjûrô played the role of Kôchiyama Sôshun in the eponymous movie directed by Yamanaka Sadao.
1944: Chôjûrô played the role of Miyamoto Musashi in the eponymous movie directed by Mizoguchi Kenji.
1958 ~ 1959: the Zenshinza troupe produced the bombastic play "Gedatsu" with Chôjûrô and Kawarasaki Kunitarô V 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 Ôsaka (Kabukiza), in March 1958 in Kyôto (Minamiza) and in July 1959 in Tôkyô (Meijiza).
December 1959: Chôjûrô played at the Meijiza the role of Satsuma Gengobê in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fûjime"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kan'emon III (Sasano Sangobê) and Kawarasaki Kunitarô V (Sakuraya Koman).
1960: first stay in the Popular Republic of China.
1965: second stay in the Popular Republic of China.
January 1967: ideological breaking off with Nakamura Kan'emon III; Chôjûrô was no more a member of the Zenshinza troupe. He was expected to play in January and February 1967 the role of Narukami the eponymous drama "Narukami" in Ôsaka, Nagoya and Kyôto. He was replaced by Segawa Kikunojô VI.
22 September 1981: Chôjûrô died.
Kawarasaki Chôjûrô IV was the cofounder of the Zenshinza troupe and an amazing tachiyaku, able of playing the best roles in the aragoto style like Benkei ("Kanjinchô") or the wicked priest Narukami ("Narukami").
The Kawarasaki Chôjûrô line of actors
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