Matsunosuke Onoe

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Matsunosuke Onoe, sometimes known as Medama no Matchan ("Eyeballs" Matsu), was a Japanese actor.wikipedia
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Cinema of Japan

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He gained great popularity, appearing in over 1,000 films, and has been called the first superstar of Japanese cinema.
Shōzō recruited Matsunosuke Onoe, a former kabuki actor, to star in his productions.

Shōzō Makino (director)

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His troupe regularly performed at a theater in Kyoto owned by Shozo Makino, and as a kabuki actor, he was known for his extravagant stage tricks.
Shozo discovered actor Matsunosuke Onoe working in an itinerant kabuki troupe and enlisted him into becoming Japan's first film star.

Yokota Shōkai

In 1909, Makino was approached by Yokota Shōkai, a film import and exhibition company, to produce movies, and he began to film scenes from the theater's performances.
Around 1908, the company began contracting with Shōzō Makino and his Senbonza theater to begin creating jidaigeki (called kyūgeki at the time), which eventually made a star out of Matsunosuke Onoe.

Chūshingura

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One of these, the 1910 Chushin-gura, is believed to be the oldest still-existing feature film, although the print is not complete: it is missing four scenes.
Onoe Matsunosuke played Ōishi in this ground-breaking work.

Japan

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Matsunosuke Onoe, sometimes known as Medama no Matchan ("Eyeballs" Matsu), was a Japanese actor.

Actor

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Matsunosuke Onoe, sometimes known as Medama no Matchan ("Eyeballs" Matsu), was a Japanese actor.

Kabuki

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Onoe was initially an actor with an itinerant kabuki troupe.

Kyoto

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His troupe regularly performed at a theater in Kyoto owned by Shozo Makino, and as a kabuki actor, he was known for his extravagant stage tricks.

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

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Onoe made his movie debut in Goban Tadanobu (Tadanobu the Fox, drawn from the famous kabuki play Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura ) that year.

Jidaigeki

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In addition to films based on kabuki, he and Makino pioneered the jidai-geki (historical film) genre.

Ninja

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Onoe also popularized the subgenre of ninja films.

Silent film

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His films were silent, voiced-over by a live narrator (benshi) in the theaters.

Short film

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Many of Onoe's works were short films; however, he also starred in feature-length movies.

1923 Great Kantō earthquake

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Like many other early Japanese films, Onoe's works were largely destroyed by a combination of inadequate preservation in Japan's climate, the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923, and the bombing during and occupation following World War II.

World War II

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Like many other early Japanese films, Onoe's works were largely destroyed by a combination of inadequate preservation in Japan's climate, the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923, and the bombing during and occupation following World War II.

Senbonza Theater

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Actor Onoe Matsunosuke worked there near the start of his career in 1889, at which time Shōzō Makino was the manager of the theater was directing there.

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