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Actor and director Matsunosuke Onoe

Matsunosuke Onoe (尾上松之助, Onoe Matsunosuke, Okayama, September 12, 1875 - September 11, 1926, Kyoto)[1] was a Japanese actor and director. An ex-kabuki actor, Onoe played the lead role in early silent ninja and samurai films for Yokota and the new Nikkatsu studios. He became very popular in the mid-1910s and is considered to be the first Japanese film star. His nickname was "Medama no Matchan" or "Matsu of the Eyes".[2]


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Actor and director Matsunosuke Onoe


  1. Birth: 尾上松之助 at; Death: "Who's Who in Japanese Silent Films; Matsunosuke Onoe (1875-1926)" at Matsuda Film Productions
  2. Gerow, Aaron (2010). Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925. Berkeley: The University of California Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-520-25456-5.
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