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Utaemon Ichikawa

Utaemon Ichikawa was a Japanese film actor famous for starring roles in Jidaigeki from the 1920s to the 1960s. Trained in kabuki from childhood, he made his film debut in 1925 at Makino Film Productions under Shōzō Makino. Quickly gaining popularity, he followed the example of Makino stars such as Tsumasaburō Bandō in starting his own independent production company, Utaemon Ichikawa Productions, in 1927. It was there he first began the "Idle Vassal" (Hatamoto taikutsu otoko) series, which would become his signature role. When his company folded in 1936 as sound film came to the fore, he moved to Shinkō Kinema and then Daiei Studios before helping form the Toei Company after World War II. He served on the board of directors along with fellow samurai star Chiezō Kataoka. Utaemon appeared in over 300 films during his career. His son, Kin'ya Kitaōji, is also a famous actor in film and television.

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Feb 11, 1904 In Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Series Sanada Yukimura 1989-01-01
Latest Project:
In the movie Skull 1927-05-10
Known For
Poster of The Man Who Challenged 8,000,000-Koku
Poster of A Sword Against Intrigue
Poster of Jiruba no Tetsu
Poster of Skull
Series Sanada Yukimura Unknown
Series Tokugawa Chronicles: Ambition of the 3 Branches Mito Mitsukuni
Movie A Prisoner in Search of Daughter Kumokiri Nizaemon
Movie Street of Wandering Men Unknown
Movie The Mysterious Cape Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie Tokaido Fullhouse Unknown
Movie Kisaragi Sword Tsukinosuke Ryûtan
Movie Showdown at Lightning Pass Takata Matabei Yoshitsugu
Movie Drunken Sword Unknown
Movie Knightly Advice Unknown
Movie Samurai Hawk Unknown
Movie Samurai Knights Unknown
Movie The Man Who Challenged 8,000,000-Koku Yamanouchi Iganosuke
Movie The Ako Retainers Unknown
Movie The Cave of the Vampire Bats Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie Travels of Gonkuro Unknown
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Riddle of The Assassin's Group Unknown
Movie Runway to Hell Sôshun Kôchiyama
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Island of No Return Unknown
Movie Road of Chivalry Unknown
Movie Ninja Assassins Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie The Acrobats of Death Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie The 47 Masterless Samurai Unknown
Movie Bored Hatamoto: The Daimonji Conspiracy Unknown
Movie No Stronger Swords Unknown
Movie A Spectacular Showdown Sasagawa no Shigezo
Movie A Sword Against Intrigue Unknown
Movie The Lost Public Funds Asaka Keinosuke
Movie Drenched Swallow Gonpachi Unknown
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Idle Vassal Tribute Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie Seven from Edo Unknown
Movie A Chivalrous Spirit Nikichi
Movie Shimizu Port of Chivalry Unknown
Movie Rebellion Satahiko
Movie Lord Mito Unknown
Movie Shadow Over Fuji Sato
Movie The Mansion of Intrigue Saotome Mondonosuke
Movie Ancient Coins Unknown
Movie Virtue in Spades Unknown
Movie Tsukigata Hanpeita Tsukigata Hanpeita
Movie Five Men of Edo Unknown
Movie The Killing of Otsuya Shinsuke
Movie Fencing Master Unknown
Movie Jiruba no Tetsu Unknown
Movie The 47 Ronin Tsunatoyo Tokugawa
Movie The Loyal 47 Ronin Unknown
Movie Skull Reinosuke Ushio