Yorozuya Kinnosuke

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Yorozuya Kinnosuke
Kinnosuke Nakamura I as Kikumaru in Fuefuki Dōji cropped.jpg
Kinnosuke as Kikumaru in Fuefuki Dōji
Native name 萬屋錦之介
Born Kin'ichi Ogawa[1]
(小川 錦一)

(1932-11-20)November 20, 1932
Tokyo, Japan
Died March 10, 1997(1997-03-10) (aged 64)
Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
Other names Nakamura Kinnosuke
Occupation Kabuki actor
Spouse(s) Ineko Arima (1961-1965)
Keiko Awaji (1966-1987)
Nishiki Kō (1990-1997)

Yorozuya Kinnosuke (萬屋錦之介?) (November 20, 1932 – March 10, 1997) was a Japanese kabuki actor. Born Kin'ichi Ogawa (小川 錦一 Ogawa Kin'ichi?),[1] son of kabuki actor Nakamura Tokizō III, he entered kabuki and became the first in the kabuki tradition to take the name Nakamura Kinnosuke. He took on his guild name (yagō) Yorozuya as his surname in 1971.

In addition to his kabuki activity, Kinnosuke had an extensive film career. A specialist in jidaigeki, Kinnosuke appeared in more than 140 films. These include a 1957 Mito Kōmon and a 1961 appearance as the title character in the Toei Company's Miyamoto Musashi series (a role he reprised in 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965, and again in 1971). A versatile actor, he has played as many as seven characters in a single film. In various productions of Chūshingura, he also portrayed Oyamada Shōzaemon (1956), Asano Naganori (1959), Wakisaka Awaji no Kami (1961), and Ōishi Yoshio (1978). Other appearances include Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1957, 1958, 1962), Tokugawa Iemitsu (1958), Oda Nobunaga (1965), Takeda Shingen (1969), Sakamoto Ryōma (1970), Matsudaira Katamori (1980), and Oda Yūrakusai (1989).

Kinnosuke portrayed Yagyū Munenori multiple times, first on television as the star of the year-long 1971 NHK Taiga drama Haru no Sakamichi, then on the Big Screen in the 1978 film Shogun's Samurai. His next appearance as Munenori was in a 13 episode TV production entitled Yagyū Shinkage-ryū which aired in 1982. His final appearance as Munenori was in 4 of 5 Yagyu Bugeicho TV movies that aired between 1990 and 1992. From 1973 to 1976, he played Ogami Ittō, the Lone Wolf in the NTV series Kozure Ōkami based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub. A late-career role was Yamana Sōzen in the Taiga drama Hana no Ran.

Kinnosuke's younger brother Nakamura Katsuo and nephew Nakamura Shidō II are currently active in kabuki, television, and film.

Filmography[edit]

  • Doku-ganryu Masamune (1942) Lord of Date
  • Shinshokoku monogatari, benikujaku dai-ippen: Nachi no kotengu (1954)
  • Mangetsu tanuki-bayashi (1954) Mametaro/Gen'nosuke
  • Beni kujaku (1955)
  • Minamoto Yoshitsune (1955)
  • Shishi maru ippei (1955)
  • Daibosatsu tōge (1957) Uzuki Hyoma
  • Yurei-sen (1957)
  • Isshin Tasuke - Tenka no ichidaiji (1958) Isshin Tasuke/Tokugawa Iemitsu
  • Daibosatsu tōge - Dai ni bu (1958)
  • Kaze to onna to tabigarasu (1958) Ginji
  • Ninkyo Tokaido (1958) Onikichi
  • Obuzo tengu (1958)
  • Shimizu Minato no meibutso otoko: Enshūmori no Ishimatsu (1958)
  • Asama no abarenbo (1958)
  • Naniwa no koi no monogatari (1959) Chubei Kameya
  • Daibosatsu tōge - Kanketsu-hen (1959)
  • Torimono dochu (1959)
  • Binan-jo (1959)
  • Zoku shinran (1960)
  • Shinran (1960) – Shinran
  • Yatarō gasa (1960)
  • Tonosama - Yaji kita (1960)
  • Mori no Ishimatsu (1960)
  • Hangyakuji (1961) Tokugawa Nobuyasu
  • Miyamoto Musashi (1961) – Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
  • Akō Rōshi (1961) – Wakisaka
  • Iyemitsu to Hikoza to isshin yasuke (1961)
  • Eddoko bugyo tenka o kiru otoko (1961)
  • Eddoko hanseiki (1961)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Hannyazaka no ketto (1962) Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
  • Chiisakobe (1962) Shigetsugu
  • Mabuta no haha (1962) Banba no Chutaro
  • Genji Kurō sassōki: Hiken ageha no chō (1962)
  • Sen-hime to Hideyori (1962) Toyotomi Hideyori
  • Jirochō to kotengu: nagurikomi kōshūji (1962)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Nitoryu kaigen (1963) Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
  • Bushidō zankoku monogatari (1963) Jirozaemon/Iikura/Sajiemon/Kyutaro/Shuzo/Shingo/Osamu/Susumu
  • Otoko ippiki dochuki (1963)
  • Brave Records of the Sanada Clan (1963) – Sasuke
  • Seki no yatappe (1963)
  • Fuji dōzan-koku monogatari (1963)
  • Samé (film) (1964) Same
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijoji no ketto (1964) Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
  • Shark (1964 film) (1964)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Ganryū-jima no kettō (1965) Miyamoto Musashi (Takezo)
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu (film) (1965)
  • Matatabi san ning yakuza (1965)
  • Hana to ryu (1965)
  • Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (1966) Samanosuke/Tange Sazen
  • Kutsukake Tokijiro - yukyo ippiki (1966)
  • Gion matsuri (1968) Shinkichi
  • Shinsengumi (1969) Fujita Arima
  • Jigokuhen (1969) Lord Hosokawa
  • Shirikurae Magoichi (1969) Magoichi Saika
  • Goyokin (1969) Samon Fujimaki
  • Samurai Banners (1969) Takeda Shingen
  • Tenkan no abarembo (1970) Yataro Iwasaki
  • Machibuse (1970) Heima Ibuki
  • Bakumatsu (1970) Ryoma Sakamoto
  • Shokon ichidai tenka no abarenbo (1970)
  • Shinken shobu (1971) Musashi Miyamoto
  • Ako-Jo danzetsu (1978) Kuranosuke Ohishi
  • Ogin-sama (1978)
  • Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (1978) Yagyu Tajima
  • Sanada Yukimura no bouryaku (1979)
  • Tokugawa ichizoku no houkai (1980) Matsudaira Katamori (Lord of Aizu)
  • Shikake-nin Baian (1981) Baian Fujieda
  • Seishun no mon: Jiritsu hen (1982) Eiji Niki
  • Kita kara minami nishi kara higashi (1983) Ogami Itto
  • Tori ni tsubasa kemono ni kiba (1984) Ogami Itto
  • Fugitive Samurai (1984) Ogami Itto
  • Saigo no bakuto (1985) Himself
  • Kozure Ôkami: osanago no me (1985) Ogami Itto
  • Kozure Ôkami: namida ito (1986) Ogami Itto
  • Sen no Rikyu (1989) Urakusai Oda

Television[edit]

  • Hiya-meshi to Osanto-chan (1965) – Daishiro Shibayama (episode1)/Santa (episode 2)/Jyukichi (episode 3)
  • Haru no sakamichi (1971)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub (1973-1976) – Ittô Ogami
  • Sorekara no Musashi (1981) – Miyamoto Musashi
  • Hana no Ran (1994) – Yamana Sōzen
  • Kanpanî (1996) – Himself

Producer[edit]

  • Sorekara no Musashi (1981) TV series
  • Bakumatsu (1970) (associate producer)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • In 1958 he won for Best Actor in Isshin Tasuke - Tenka no ichidaiji by the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
  • In 1959 he won the Most Popular Award by the Blue Ribbon Awards.
  • In 1964 he won for Best Actor in Bushidô zankoku monogatari by the Blue Ribbon Awards.
  • In 1979 he was Nominated for the Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Actor in Yagyû ichizoku no inbô.
  • In 1990 he was Nominated for the Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Supporting Actor in Sen no Rikyu.
  • In 1996 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Awards of the Japanese Academy.
  • In 1998 he was awarded a Special Award by the Awards of the Japanese Academy for his career.
  • In 1998 he was awarded a Special Award by the Mainichi Film Concours for his career.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b While the stage names of all kabuki actors have retained traditional order (Surname-Givenname) on Wikipedia, birth names of those born after the Meiji Restoration are in Western order (Givenname-Surname).

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