Nakamura Kichiemon II

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Nakamura and Namino.
Nakamura Kichiemon II
二代目中村吉右衛門
Born Tatsujirō Namino
(1944-05-22)22 May 1944
Tokyo, Japan
Other names Harimaya, Nakamura Mannosuke, Matsu Kanshi II

Nakamura Kichiemon II (二代目 中村 吉右衛門 Nidaime Nakamura Kichiemon?, born May 22, 1944), born Namino Tatsujirō, is a Japanese actor, kabuki performer and costume designer. He is a so-called Living National Treasure.[1]

Nakamura Kichiemon is a formal kabuki stage name. The actor's grandfather first appeared using the name in 1897; and Nakamura Kichiemon I continued to use this name until his death.[2] Kichiemon I was the maternal grandfather of Kichiemon II.[3]

In the conservative Kabuki world, stage names are passed from father to son in formal system which converts the kabuki stage name into a mark of accomplishment.[4] In choosing to be known by the same stage name as his grandfather, the living kabuki performer honors his family relationships and tradition.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kōjimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo. His elder brother is Matsumoto Kōshirō IX. His father was Ichikawa Somegorō V, later known as Matsumoto Kōshirō VIII, and finally as Matsumoto Hakuō I. His mother was Seiko Fujima, Nakamura Kichiemon I's daughter and only child. According to Kichiemon II himself, his grandfather was "furious" and couldn't accept that his only child was a girl (due the fact that in Kabuki there are no actress it meant that he couldn't give his name to his daughter), and treated her like a boy during her childhood. As a result, when she got married, Seiko promised her father that she would have at least two sons: the first would have carried his husband's traditions, while the second would have carried his name. She kept her promise and gave to adoption Kichiemon II to his grandfather. Unlike the most of Kabuki actors, who are only formally adopted when joining an acting family, he was legally adopted by his grandfather.

He attended Waseda University. His yagō is "Harimaya" and his crest is the ageha-no-chō butterfly of the Taira clan.

Career[edit]

Active in kabuki and television, Kichiemon is famous in the role of Musashibō Benkei, whom he has portrayed on stage in Kanjinchō and Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura. He also played the title character in the NHK jidaigeki series Musashibō Benkei. Another heroic role was Ōboshi Yuranosuke (the historical Ōishi Kuranosuke) in Kanadehon Chūshingura, the story of the Forty-seven Ronin.

He assumed the television role of Hasegawa Heizō ("Onihei") in the Shōtarō Ikenami series Onihei Hankachō. It ran through nine series, from 1989 to 2001, and has recurred in short series and specials since, the most recent being in 2007. His father had previously played Onihei.

Selected works[edit]

Nakamura's published writings encompass 25 works in 34 publications in 3 languages and 543 library holdings.[5]

Honors[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Date Title Type Role
1960 The River Fuefuki Film Yasuzō
1968 Kuroneko Film Kindoki
1989 Rikyu Film Tokugawa Ieyasu
2014 Zakurozaka no Adauchi Film Ii Naosuke

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