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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:
In the movie Skull 1927-05-10
Latest Project:
Movie Mito Kōmon Man'yû-ki tenka no fukushōgun 2022
Known For
Poster of Street of Wandering Men
Poster of A Sword Against Intrigue
Poster of Seven from Edo
Poster of Virtue in Spades
Movie Mito Kōmon Man'yû-ki tenka no fukushōgun Unknown 2022
Series Sanada Yukimura Unknown 1989-01-01
Movie The Mysterious Cape Saotome Mondonosuke 1963-01-09
Movie Street of Wandering Men Unknown 1963-02-17
Movie Tokaido Fullhouse Unknown 1963-01-03
Movie Bloody Record of the Shinsengumi Unknown 1963-05-12
Movie A Prisoner in Search of Daughter Kumokiri Nizaemon 1963-08-27
Movie Knightly Advice Unknown 1962-01-31
Movie Drunken Sword Unknown 1962-09-01
Movie Showdown at Lightning Pass Takata Matabei Yoshitsugu 1962-10-27
Movie Kisaragi Sword Tsukinosuke Ryûtan 1962-11-07
Movie Lord of Steel Heart Matabei Goto 1961-01-09
Movie The Ako Retainers Unknown 1961-03-28
Movie Samurai Knights Unknown 1961-01-01
Movie Samurai Hawk Unknown 1961-03-05
Movie The Man Who Challenged 8,000,000-Koku Yamanouchi Iganosuke 1961-09-13
Movie Travels of Gonkuro Unknown 1961-12-06
Movie The Cave of the Vampire Bats Saotome Mondonosuke 1961-08-01
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Island of No Return Saotome Mondonosuke 1960-01-09
Movie Road of Chivalry Unknown 1960-01-03
Movie Ninja Assassins Saotome Mondonosuke 1960-01-01
Movie Lord of Red Banner Unknown 1960-02-14
Movie Runway to Hell Sôshun Kôchiyama 1960-05-03
Movie The Swordsman In The Golden Valley Unknown 1960-08-28
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Riddle of The Assassin's Group Saotome Mondonosuke 1960-06-29
Movie Lord Mito 3: All Star Version Unknown 1960-08-07
Movie Ooka's Trial: Devil Image Ooka Tadasuke 1960-05-22
Movie Turbulent Highways Unknown 1959-03-25
Movie The Unleashed Lord Unknown 1959-02-10
Movie The 47 Masterless Samurai Unknown 1959-01-15
Movie The Acrobats of Death Saotome Mondonosuke 1959-06-02
Movie No Stronger Swords Unknown 1959-05-05
Movie Bored Hatamoto: The Daimonji Conspiracy Saotome Mondonosuke 1959-06-28
Movie A Sword Against Intrigue Unknown 1959-10-23
Movie Bloody Battle at Dawn Unknown 1959-10-10
Movie A Spectacular Showdown Sasagawa no Shigezo 1959-08-09
Movie Seven from Edo Katsukawa 1958-04-30
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Idle Vassal Tribute Saotome Mondonosuke 1958-08-12
Movie A Chivalrous Spirit Nikichi 1958-01-03
Movie Drenched Swallow Gonpachi Unknown 1958-10-14
Movie The Lost Public Funds Asaka Keinosuke 1958-11-11
Movie Lords of Oppression Unknown 1957-03-13
Movie Shimizu Port of Chivalry Boss Omaeda 1957-01-01
Movie Lords of Oppression 2 Unknown 1957-03-27
Movie Lord Mito Unknown 1957-08-11
Movie The Mansion of Intrigue Saotome Mondonosuke 1957-12-28
Movie Shadow Over Fuji Sato 1957-10-29
Movie Rebellion Satahiko 1957-04-30
Movie Virtue in Spades Unknown 1956-05-03
Movie Ancient Coins Unknown 1956-08-29
Movie Four Swordsmen of Ashura Unknown 1955-04-26
Movie Goblin Warrior Unknown 1955-01-21
Movie Wind and Clouds in the Valley of Shogi Unknown 1955-03-30
Movie Tsukigata Hanpeita Tsukigata Hanpeita 1952-05-29
Movie The Killing of Otsuya Shinsuke 1951-02-17
Movie Five Men of Edo Unknown 1951-11-22
Movie Jiruba no Tetsu Unknown 1950-08-12
Movie Fencing Master Unknown 1950-08-26
Movie Goblin Courier Haiyaku tengu no Chōta 1949-01-04
Movie Thus Blew the Divine Wind Unknown 1944-08-11
Movie Masujiro Omura Unknown 1942-01-14
Movie The 47 Ronin Tsunatoyo Tokugawa 1941-12-08
Movie A Color Print of Edo Unknown 1939-05-10
Movie The Loyal 47 Ronin Awajinokami Wakisaka / Gorobei Kakimi 1932-03-01
Movie Skull Reinosuke Ushio 1927-05-10