|KAWARASAKI GONJ█Rď II|
Real name: Nagatani K˘tar˘
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 6 August 1880 ~ 11 January 1955
Mother: Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VIII's wife Ohama
Disciple: Yamazaki Kash˘
1880: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi. His family manages the shibai jaya Takedaya.
November 1907: Ichikawa Kaoru I takes the name of Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II in ďsaka.
April 1911: Ichikawa Gonzabur˘ II takes at the Kabukiza the name of Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Matsui Gengo and Tsunaemon [casting].
February 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the second act of "Sengoku Yashiki", the ninth play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of the j˘shi Mizuno Kozaemon [casting].
1944: Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in Mizoguchi Kenji's movie "Danjűr˘ Sandai".
1951: Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Yamanaka Heikur˘ and Okiku in It˘ Daisuke's movie "ďedo Gonin Otoko".
Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II spent the early years of his career in ďsaka, where he gained experience while playing in Kataoka Nizaemon XI's troupe. He moved back to T˘ky˘ and played either leading roles in Asakusa's small theaters (K˘en Gekij˘, Miyatoza) or supporting roles at the Kabukiza. He was nicknamed "Asakusa Uzaemon" because many of his favourite roles, like Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the play "Sanemori Monogatari", were in fact associated with the great star Ichimura Uzaemon XV. He spent his career's last years in the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe, playing old men roles.
Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II playing the role of Date Jir˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘"
The Kawarasaki Gonzabur˘ line of actors
The Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ line of actors
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