|KAWARASAKI GONJ█Rď III|
Real name: Nagatani Masakazu
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 1918 ~ 18 February 1998
Father: Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II
Brother: Kawarasaki Gonzabur˘ III
1918: born in Nagoya.
April 1935: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Shinjuku Daiichi Gekij˘, receiving the name of Kawarasaki Kaoru.
May 1946: Kawarasaki Kaoru takes the name of Kawarasaki Gonzabur˘ IV.
January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which is entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Gonzabur˘ plays the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune [casting].
June 1959: Gonjűr˘ plays at the T˘yoko Hall the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Kinkakuji". His stage partners in the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Princess Yuki are Ichikawa Danshir˘ III and Sawamura Tossh˘ V.
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Awazu Shichir˘ and Sentar˘ [casting].
1976: Gonjűr˘ replaces the star Onoe Sh˘roku II in the leading role of Shakespeare's "Othello".
June 1981: Gonjűr˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Danshichi Kurobŕ), Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX (Otatsu) and Ichikawa Ginnosuke I (Issun Tokubŕ).
January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of The villager Shigesaku, in reality Tsutsumi Gunji, later Ch˘ Ry˘ [casting].
November 1997: Gonjűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza where he plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Shibahama no Kawazaifu"; he falls ill and has to be replaced from the 8th of November by his disciple Yamazaki Gon'ichi.
18 February 1998: Gonjűr˘ dies.
He played from 1960 to 1966 many leading roles in a small theater named T˘yoko Hall and located in the district of Shibuya in T˘ky˘: Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori ("Sanemori Monogatari"), Fukuoka Mitsugi ("Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"), Goroz˘ ("Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome"), Yosabur˘ ("Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"). Because of the close association of these roles with the star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI), Gonjűr˘ was nicknamed "Shibuya no Ebisama" ("Shibuya's Ebiz˘").
Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ III's best roles: Yatagor˘ Genshichi ("Kamiyui Shinza"), K˘bŕ ("Benten Koz˘"), Yashio ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Ikyű ("Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"), Gonshir˘ ("Hirakana Seisuiki"), Yazaemon ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura").
Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ III playing the role of Omatsuri Sashichi in the drama "Omatsuri Sashichi" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in June 1987
The Kawarasaki Gonzabur˘ line of actors
The Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ line of actors
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