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Debut  His early time as an actor


puctures:above and below
"Sakebu Kojin Yama"(April '34)
(Ninkichi Kira)

Jushiro Konoe    Real name : Toraichi Megro
Born in April 10th 1914.    Birthplace : Nagaoka City, Niigata

After finishing technical highschool, he had once worked for a railroad construction office.
Then he became an intern of *Utaemon Ichikawa's Production
in Nara to be an actor.
*U. Ichikawa('07-'99) is one of the most popular chambara movie star.

Then, Nikkatsu, a movie company, was interested in his unusual baseball skill and drafted him.
Since it was his baseball that they were interested in,
he was not more than a part of an officer crowd in movies.

In 1934 when he was 20,
he was asked by the Asia Movie Company and got his first leadingr role in 'Sakebu Kojin Yama' (see the first and second picture) which was also the first work for the company.
One month laterr, he played another leading role in 'Kyokukiri Kaido Tabi'.

But, it was not easy for a small enterprise like the Asia Movie Company to survive. It went bankrupt without making enough money.

When Dirctor Sentaro Shirai started the Daiichi Movie Company in the same year, Konoe who respected him followed and played a leading part in 'Tenpo Karakuri Den'.
The compnay failed again this time.

In 1935 when Konoe was 21, he moved to the Daito Movie Company as Director Shirai did.

The first movie for the Asia Movie Company,
in which Konoe played his first leading role

Sakebu Kojin Yama (Crying Mt. Kojin) (April '34)

Original & Script
: K. Goso      Director: S. Shirai
Camera: K. Kameda

: J. Konoe           J. Yuki           S. Masamune 
         T. Dan              K. Yamamoto   Y. Hanayagi     
         S. Nakamura      O. Matsui        Y. Mori
         M. Tani             M. Yoshida      T. Amatsu 
         S. Ochiai           Y. Ichihara

Ninkichi(Konoe) and Okiku(Yamamoto) love each other deeply.
But his fellow, Chokichi(Yuki). claimed him that Okiku's brother had taken Mt.Kojin, that was Chokiti's territory.
So, he send Okiku back to her brother's place in tears and decided to fight to get Mt Kojin back for Chokichi by a code of conduct.
Ninkichi and Chokichi went to Mt Kojin with 7 guys sent by their boss, Jirocho(Masamune).
On the way to Kojin, Chokichi met a prostitute, Kosada(Hanayagi) and was asked to run away with her.
Next day, all went to Mt Kojin.
White Kimono they wore meant they were even ready to die.
But Chokichi missed Kosada and abandoned the fight. halfway
Ninkichi was wounded. While Ninkichi was being sent down the mountain in a strech with 7 guys guarding him, Okiku, who came after him tried to find him at the battlefield, crying his name.
Ninkichi was going down in a strech hearing her cry.

Tenpo Karakuri Hicho(June'34)
(Ryuhei Azuma

The movie Konoe got a leading role at the Daiichi Movie Company
Tenpo Karakuri Hicho(A secret note of Tempo Karakuri)
(June '34) (see the third picture)

Original & Script: H. Sakaemoto      Director: S. Shirai

Cast: J. Konoe            K. Nakayama   S. Masamune
         S. Ogata            Y. Mori          M. Ohara
         K. Bando           H. Imura         Y. Okamura
         Y. Ichihara         O. Matsui        S. Ochiai
         C. Matsuura       K. Yamamoto

Ryuhei Azusa (konoe) is a samurai without a boss, making money from taking off a percentage from thieves and imposters.
He needed 50 ryo(1ryo is a big money for regular people in Edo period) to get a good medicine for his sick friend,
So, he concerned in Dennai Arakawa(Okamura) and Shitigoro Anakura(Ichihara), who were extorting money from Mikawa-ya(Matsuui).
He was surprised when he saw Oyuki(Yamamoto) coming out from Mikawaya's house.
Ryuhei had fallen in love with her since he had saved her from a thief group the other day...

Kinema Junpo   
"Tate Chambara Eiga-shi"T.Nagata

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