Samurai Movie Star, Jushiro Konoe

Since May 12, 2002
A site dedicated to Jushiro konoe, a samurai movie starwho had always fascinated us by his excellent sword play we will never forget.

Jushiro Konoe, forever!

Jushiro Konoe(1914-1977) was born to be a samurai movie actor.

Since the age of 20 when he got his first starring role,

he had fascinated many chambara (=sword play) movie fans

in more than 200 movies and TV dramas.

His chambara is unique. Powerful, speedy, yet beautiful.

He was drafted twice for service in his late 20's and early 30's

and had to be away from the movie industry for 10 years.

But his talent and passion for chambara had always been with him.

Starting from a small part all over again when he was 36,

his chambara soon became essential in many movies.

In '60s when the movie industry produced less chambara movies,

Konoe found his new frontier in TV.

The TV drama'Suronin Tukikage Hyogo (Samurai Vagabond)'('65)

became a top-rated hit and this series continued to cover

prime time until '74 with a total of 284 comical chambara stories!

Sadly, he died in 1977 at the age of 63

less than a year after his dear wife who had always assisted him passed away.

Most of us still keep his chambara and/or comical talks in our mind.

In fact, the more time passes, the more we miss his works.

Let me have a chance to share his footage with you here.

                                                                 @@                                            Juyotsu

Jushiro Konoe in the movie
"Kyoraku Yukyo Den"
(March '39)

"Kaiketsu Beni Tokage"
(November '39)

PROFILE (English)
Konoe's footage with pictures(Japanese) & books, pieces of memories of his fans

Konoe's filmography & movie posters(Japanese)

Konoe's most popular TV drama, 'samurai vagabond' - stories and facts


You are welcome to leave your message and/or join us in English.



I'd like to thank Mr. Inada, a member of Hokkaido Classical Movie Society,
who kindly offered all the pictures of this site. Please do not use the pictures
without permission.
The pages of SURONIN NOTE are now with pictures!
Thank you Sandayu! (Oct 30 '04)

The second episode of "Suronin Hanayama Daikichi" is added.
Click SURONIN NOTE. (10 June '04)

The first page of the second Suronin Series "Suronin Hanayama Daikichi" is open
Thanks again, Mick! (30 September '03)

The second page of SURONIN NOTE is open. Another story of samurai vagabond!
Thank you Mick! (2 January '03)

SURONIN NOTE opened its first page. Enjoy the story! (15 August)

The first page of Konoe's PROFILE is opened in English now! (14July)