ONOE KURďEMON II

Stage names:

Onoe Kur˘emon II In Japanese
Onoe Ukon I In Japanese

Real name: Terashima Kiyoaki

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Sanch˘

Existence: 22 January 1922 ~ 28 March 2004

Connections:

Great-great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Ichimura Uzaemon XI

Great-grandfather: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V

Grandfather: Onoe Kikugor˘ V

Father: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI

Career:

22 January 1922: born in T˘ky˘.

May 1926: he made his first stage appearance, at the Ichimuraza, where he received the name of Onoe Ukon I and performed in the drama "Sukeroku".

November 1928: premiere at the Kabukiza of Oka Onitar˘'s dance-drama "Kakuju Senzai"; Ukon played the role of a boy [more details].

October 1940: he became nadai and took the name of Onoe Kur˘emon II at the Kabukiza, playing the bombastic role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".

10 July 1949: his father Onoe Kikugor˘ VI died; the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe was created and Kur˘emon became its administrator.

March 1951 ~ May 1953: first long stay in the USA.

March 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 1st part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Kur˘emon played the role of the zamoto Yamamura Ch˘dayű V [more details].

October 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 2nd part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Kur˘emon played the role of the zamoto Yamamura Ch˘dayű V [more details].

1954 ~ 1956: Kur˘emon played the role of the priest Takuan in the series of 3 movies directed by Inagaki Hiroshi depicting the life and deeds of the hero Miyamoto Musashi (played by the star Mifune Toshir˘). The 3 movies were "Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto" (1954), "Samurai II: Duel at Ichij˘ji Temple" (1955) and "Samurai III: Duel on Ganryű Island" (1956).

June ~ July 1960: Kur˘emon took part in the first Kabuki tour in the USA [more details].

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belonged to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kur˘emon played the role of the kar˘ Hata no Minbu [more details].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Kur˘emon played the role of Hirai Yasumasa [casting].

October 1963: Kur˘emon settled in Hawai and became teacher at the University of Hawai.

February 1989: Kur˘emon appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza with the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan, where he played the roles of Kiritsubo and Tadanobu Rihei in the drama "Genji Monogatari Emaki" and the shibai mae "Kasane ďgi Yukari no Ekurabe" [1].

28 March 2004: Kur˘emon died in Hawai.

Comments:

Onoe Kur˘emon II made a short career as a Kabuki actor in Japan but spent most of his life in Hawai and in the USA, teaching and promoting Kabuki. Although he was not as talented as his father and grandfather, he was said to be a good aragotoshi.

[1] These dramas were part of a program celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan.

Onoe Kur˘emon II playing the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Soga no Taimen", which was staged in October 1940 at the Kabukiza

The Onoe Ukon line of actors

 
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