Koreya Senda

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Koreya Senda
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Born (1904-09-15)15 September 1904
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died 21 December 1994(1994-12-21) (aged 90)
Occupation Director
Actor
Years active 1936-1970

Koreya Senda (千田是也, Senda Koreya, born Itō Kunio, 15 September 1904 – 21 December 1994) was a Japanese stage director, translator, and actor. He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture.[1]

He is known mostly for founding the Haiyūza theatre company, and translating and directing the works of Bertolt Brecht in post-World War II Japan. He appeared in over 50 films between 1936 and 1970.

His stage name comes from an incident following the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake when he was attacked by a mob in Sendagaya, Tokyo. The vigilantes mistook him for a Korean. He was a leader in the modern theater movement in Japan, helping found the Haiyuza Theatre Company, and performing works that "bridged the gap from age-old traditional theater to politically oriented avant-garde and modern works".[2]

In the late 1920s and early 1930s Senda lived in Berlin, where he was involved with underground theatre performances. He was involved with the community of Japanese artists living in Germany who were actively engaged with political activism.[3]

To supplement his income, in 1930 Senda founded the design studio Tomoe in Berlin, together with the painter Osuke Shimazaki, lacquer artist Kotaro Fukuoka, photographer Hiroshi Yoshizawa, and Bauhaus students Iwao Yamawaki, a photographer and architect, and his wife Michiko, a textile artist. The studio produced posters, gift-wrap paper and leaflets, and undertook window dressing and interior design for Japanese restaurants.[3]

Senda and his wife, Irma, returned to Japan in January 1931 via Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Eine Nacht in Yoshiwara (1928)
  • Hantô no maihime (1936) - Tomei's friend
  • Sakura no sono (1936) - Tomoo Serizawa
  • Kûsô buraku (1939) - Daisuke Yokokawa
  • Hideko no ôendanchô (1940) - Jiro Takashima, Ichiro's brother
  • The Love of the Actress Sumako (1947)
  • Waga koi wa moenu (1949) - Prime Minister Inagki
  • Shin'ya no kokuhaku (1949)
  • Mahiru no embukyoku (1949) - Yoshiki Sakazaki
  • Zen-ma (1951) - Tsuyoshi Kitaura
  • Koibito (1951)
  • Himitsu (1952) - Sakutaro Maki
  • Magokoro (1953) - Yûzô Ariga
  • Jûdai no seiten (1953) - Shûhei, Kaoru's father
  • Aoiro kakumei (1953) - Tatsukichi Koizumi
  • Hiroba no kodoku (1953)
  • Taiheiyô no washi (1953)
  • Waseda daigaku (1953) - Haruo Kageyama
  • Gate of Hell (1953) - Gen Kiyomori
  • Shishun no izumi (1953) - Priest
  • Life of a Woman (1953) - Fujiko's father
  • Shinsengumi Oni Taicho (1954)
  • Kunsho (1954)
  • Nyonin no yakata (1954)
  • Verrat an Deutschland (1955) - Konoye
  • Tsuki ni tobu kari (1955) - Masayoshi, Kimiko's father
  • Seishun kaidan (1955) - Takaya Okumura
  • The Phantom Horse (1955) - Hamamura
  • Shin Heike Monogatari (1955) - Sadaijin Fujiwara no Yorinaga
  • Yûhi to kenjû (1956)
  • Mori wa ikiteiru (1956) - Prime minister
  • Tsukigata Hanpeita: Hana no maki; Arashi no maki (1956) - Kintomo Anegakôji
  • An Actress (1956) - Yasuda
  • Joyu (1956) - Yasuda
  • Yûwaku (1957) - Shôkichi Sugimoto
  • Hadairo no tsuki (1957) - Kôhei Ôike
  • Bitoku no yoromeki (1957) - Fuji
  • A Slope in the Sun (1958) - Tamakichi, Shinji's father
  • Yoru no hamon (1958) - Shûsem Ashida
  • Yoku (1958) - Kurokawa
  • The H-Man (1958) - Dr. Maki
  • Varan the Unbelievable (1958) - Dr. Sugimoto
  • Riko na oyome-san (1958)
  • Wakai kawa no nagare (1959) - Daizô Kawasaki
  • Lucky Dragon No. 5 (1959) - Dr. Kinoshita
  • Battle in Outer Space (1959) - Professor Adachi
  • Shinran (1960) - Tsukiwa
  • Aoi yaju (1960) - Ayako's Father
  • Zoku shinran (1960)
  • Matsukawa-Jiken (1961)
  • Shin Genji monogatari (1961)
  • Buda (1961) - Shuddhodana
  • Arabu no arashi (1961)
  • Onnakeizu (1962) - Sunzo Sakai
  • Varan the Unbelievable (1962) - Observer
  • Shiro to kuro (1963) - Munakata
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô (1964)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Ganryû-jima no kettô (1965) - Hon'ami Koetsu
  • Kemonomichi (1965)
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Prince Fumimaro Konoe

References[edit]

  1. ^ CITWF. Koreya Senda (Accessed: 28 January 2017)
  2. ^ Khattak, Ayub (2006) Senda Koreya: Theater for Change. UCLA Global (Accessed: 28 January 2017)
  3. ^ a b c Čapková, Helena, Transnational Networkers—Iwao and Michiko Yamawaki and the Formation of Japanese Modernist Design in Journal of Design History (2014) vol.27, no.4

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