Actor Utaemon Ichikawa (1904-1999)

The Color Print of Edo Port of Honor Ako Roshi

The Color Print of EdoKazuo Mori (1939)
The 47 Ronin – Kenji Mizoguchi (1941)
Tateshi DanpeiMasahiro Makino (1950)
Five Men of Edo – Daisuke Ito (1951)
Tsukigata Hanpeita – Kokichi Uchide (1952)
Lord MitoYasushi Sasaki (1957)
Port of HonorSadatsugu Matsuda (1957)
RebellionSadatsugu Matsuda (1957)
Shadow Over FujiYasushi Sasaki (1957)
Bored Hatamoto: Riddle of the Snake Princess' MansionYasushi Sasaki (1957)
A Chivalrous SpiritSadatsugu Matsuda (1958)
The Bored Hatamoto TributeSadatsugu Matsuda (1958)
Seven From EdoSadatsugu Matsuda (1958)
A Spectacular ShowdownYasushi Sasaki (1959)
Bored Hatamoto: Acrobats of DeathYasushi Sasaki (1959)
The 47 Masterless SamuraiSadatsugu Matsuda (1959)
Road of ChivalrySadatsugu Matsuda (1960)
Bored Hatamoto: Riddle of the Assassins GroupSadatsugu Matsuda (1960)
Drunken SwordTadashi Sawashima (1961)
Ako RoshiSadatsugu Matsuda (1961)
Knightly AdviceSadatsugu Matsuda (1962)
A Brave RoninYasushi Sasaki (1963)
Sanada Yukimura – (TV series, 1989)

(Key films outside the jidai-geki genre are listed in gray)

A popular star whose career spanned back to the days of silent cinema, Ichikawa had a stern, imposing presence. He is best known for his long-running Bored Hatamoto series (Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko), although I have yet to see any of those. No relation to Raizo Ichikawa as far as I know, but Utaemon does bear something of a resemblance to his contemporary Chiezo Kataoka. In superficial terms, I learned to tell them apart by remembering that Kataoka is the more kindly, avuncular-looking one while Utaemon Ichikawa tends to look more surly and fearsome.

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