Ken Shimura

Last updated

Ken Shimura
志村けん
Ken Shimura.jpg
Born
Yasunori Shimura (志村 康徳)

(1950-02-20)20 February 1950 [1]
Died29 March 2020(2020-03-29) (aged 70)
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Education Tokyo Metropolitan Kurume High School  [ ja ]
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • voice actor
  • singer
  • television personality
Years active1972–2020
Notes
Same year/generation as:
Beat Takeshi
Shofukutei Tsurube II

Ken Shimura (志村 けん, Shimura Ken) (born Yasunori Shimura (志村 康徳, Shimura Yasunori), 20 February 1950 – 29 March 2020) was a Japanese comedian. He co-starred with Masashi Tashiro, Nobuyoshi Kuwano in the Japanese variety show Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama  [ ja ]. [2] [3]

Contents

Throughout his comedy career, Shimura was known for his "Bakatono-sama" character, which was unusual among Japanese comedians, in that he could satirize the deeds of powerful figures (a company president, a politician, a family head, a school principal, the head of a Japanese yakuza gang) under the garb of a foolish king who lived in the country a long time ago. Another popular shtick of Shimura in the same show was "Henna Oji-san" [weirdo] who entertained himself in the company of nubile girls. After being caught for his pranks, the character regularly ended the shtick with a song 'Sou desu. Watashi wa Henna Oji-san desu'. ("That is correct. I am Henna Oji-san.") He was also known for his nonsense catchphrase "Daffuna" which would often end a Henna Oji-san skit.

Shimura was most famous for starring in Hachiji Da Yo! Zen'in Shugo!  [ ja ] with the comedy group The Drifters and Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan with Cha Kato, another former member of The Drifters.

Shimura's comedic work was inspired in part by that of Jerry Lewis. [4]

Career

Shimura became known in 1974, replacing Chu Arai [5] in the famous comedy group The Drifters. [2] With the help of the other members of the group, he learned to act and make the audience laugh. Over time, he showed a knack for comedy. Some memorable pictures of that time are the mustache dance, in which he starred with Cha Katō and the song Higashimurayama, referring to his homeland.

With this group, he participated in the weekly program Hachiji Dayo! Zen'inshugo! from 1974 to 1985, reaching 40% to 50% of viewers at their best. From 1977, he also participated in the television program Dorifu Daibakusho ("Dorifu, big burst of laughter"), which were special sketches, totaling one and a half hours. It is currently possible to see members together only on television specials.

The rapport Shimura had with Cha Katō, also a member of Higashimurayama, kept them together on television. In 1986, they created the  Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen Terebi, which aired until 1992. In The Detective Story, they are two detective friends who get into a lot of trouble. The high ratings allowed for high-cost scenes with exploding cars, helicopters and crowds. A famous painting of this time is Shimura as a monk, who asked people to repeat the words "Daijoubuda, ... ueh, ueh, ueh", whereas "daijoubuda" literally means "I'm all right."

This program ran about three times a year since 1986. In it, Shimura is a feudal lord ("tono") who does not want to rule and only thinks about having fun. The character was created at the time of Hachiji Dayo! Zen'inshugo! and is characterized by an all-white face, extremely thick eyebrows and hair tied at the top of the head. The program always featured celebrity stakes.

"Ken Shimura Daijoubuda" from 1987 to 1993 and was the beginning of Shimura's career as the sole leader. His new companions were also his "disciples" in the sense that they learned from Shimura. Among others, Masashi Tashiro, his first favorite "disciple", Yoko Ishino, favorite "disciple" and former bride Nobuyoshi Kuwano, who played the trumpet, and Noriko Matsumoto. At that time, Shimura created the famous character "henna ojisan", which means "strange uncle". [6]

Post-Daijoubuda

Following up his previous big hits, Shimura led several shows, mostly on the Fuji TV network with the renewal of his "disciples". The most famous of them was Masashi Tashiro. However, after Tashiro's involvement with voyeurism, drugs, and subsequent arrests, Shimura, disappointed, cut him from their act. From 1996, he began working with newbie Yuuka, who eventually became his favorite "disciple". Shimura's participation in the career of humorists (such as Katsuhiro Higo and Ryuuhei Ueshima, and Haruna Kondou and Haruka Minowa) and other celebrities is notorious.

In 2001, Shimura formed a duet with Naoko Ken as "Ken♀♂Ken" in "Ginza atari de Gin Gin Gin" (銀座あたりでギンギンギン).

In 2006, he formed and led his own comedy theater, Shimurakon (Shimura Spirit). [7]

Tensai! Shimura Dōbutsuen continued airing after Shimura's death, with on air remembrances of his time with the animals. On July 4, 2020, it was reported that Nippon TV had decided to end the broadcast, citing that it would be painfully difficult and heartbreaking to continue filming in a set filled with memories, that was destined for Shimura's advice. The last broadcast was set for September. [8] [9]

Illness and death

Shimura was hospitalized for severe pneumonia on 20 March 2020; he lost consciousness after being anesthetized and hooked up to a ventilator on the following day. Then, on 23 March it was confirmed that he had COVID-19. [10] [11] [12] He was the first Japanese tarento to have his COVID-19 diagnosis made public during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. [11]

On 24 March, Shimura was transferred to a hospital where ECMO was available. [11] He had been scheduled to star in the film It's a Flickering Life  [ ja ], but his participation was cancelled on 26 March. [13] He was also slated to carry the Olympic torch through part of Tokyo prior to the 2020 Tokyo games. [5]

Shimura died on 29 March 2020 at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine  [ ja ] in Shinjuku, Tokyo. [14] [15] [16] He was 70 years old. [17]

Filmography

Discography

TitleYearPeak chart positionsSalesAlbum Certifications
JPN
" Aīn Taisō " (アイ〜ン体操) / " Aīn! Dance no Uta " (アイ〜ン!ダンスの唄)
(as Bakatono-sama with Mini-Moni Hime)
20023
  • JPN: 200,000+
Mini-Moni Song Daihyakka Ikkan
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Related Research Articles

Masashi Tashiro is a former Japanese television performer and the founding member of the band Rats & Star. Tashiro was a tenor vocalist for Rats & Star, and later on made himself a name as a TV entertainer in Japan. He also directed a movie after his band broke up.

Nobuyoshi Kuwano is a Japanese television performer, former member of Rats & Star. His nickname is "Kuwa-man" (桑マン). In Rats & Star, he took charge of the trumpet and vocals. After the group broke up, he shifted to a television comedian and co-starred with The Drifters' Ken Shimura and Masashi Tashiro. He took over as lead vocalist of Rats & Star during Masayuki Suzuki's solo concert tour.

Masashi is a masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

<i>Owarai</i>

Owarai (お笑い) is a broad word used to describe Japanese comedy as seen on television. The word owarai is the honorific form of the word warai, meaning "a laugh" or "a smile". Owarai is most common on Japanese variety shows and the comedians are referred to as owaraigeinin or owarai tarento. Presently Japan is considered to be in an "owarai boom", and many minor talents have been finding sudden fame after a gag or skit became popular.

The Drifters are a Japanese rock and roll band and comedy group. The band formed as "Sons of Drifters" around 1956 from two bands "Mountain Boys" and "Tokyo Western Boys".

Yasunori is a masculine Japanese given name. Notable people with the name include:

Ken is a masculine given name of Scottish / Scottish Gaelic origin. It is used either as a given name or as a short form of names with the letters "Ken". Ken is also a Japanese name which can have many different meanings depending on the kanji used.

Cha Katō, also known as Kato-chan, is a male Japanese comedian and actor. His real name is Hideyuki Katō (加藤英文). Cha is one of the members of The Drifters and plays drums. His work with Ken Shimura, another Drifter, is well known in Japan. Many in Japan were surprised when it was announced in 2011 that he had married a woman 45 years younger than him.

Nagoya Expressway Route 5 Manba Route is an urban expressway in Nagoya, Japan. It is a part of the Nagoya Expressway network and is owned and operated by Nagoya Expressway Public Corporation.

Shimura is a Japanese surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ninja Re Bang Bang 2013 single by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

"Ninja Re Bang Bang" is the fifth single by Japanese singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. It was released on March 20, 2013. The song is used as the theme song for the au "Full Control Tokyo" event commercials. The single was certified platinum by the RIAJ for PC downloads in April 2013. The song peaked at number one on Japan Hot 100, and became her first number one there. On April 19, 2014, limited editions of a 7' LP were released with A side: Ninja Re Bang Bang-extended mix-, exclusive for DJs.

Ryusei Yokohama is a Japanese actor and model. He is affiliated with Stardust Promotion. He is best known for playing the role of Hikari Nonomura in the 2014 Super Sentai TV series Ressha Sentai ToQger, and for the joint role of Hajime Hinata / Izuru Kamukura in the 2015 theatrical play Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Academy of Despair: The Stage.

Events in 2020 in Japanese television.

COVID-19 pandemic in Japan Ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic in Japan

The COVID-19 pandemic in Japan is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The Japanese government confirmed the country's first case of the disease on 16 January 2020 in a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture who had returned from Wuhan, China. This was followed by a second outbreak that was introduced by travellers and returnees from Europe and the United States between 11 March 2020 and 23 March 2020. According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the majority of viruses spreading in Japan derive from the European type, while those of the Wuhan type have been disappearing since March. On 5 October 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Japan exceeded the number of confirmed cases in China. At the end of October 2020, the number of confirmed cases in the country crossed the 100,000-mark. The number of confirmed cases in Japan also crossed the 200,000-mark on 22 December 2020, the 300,000-mark on 14 January 2021, the 400,000-mark on 6 February 2021, the 500,000-mark on 11 April 2021, the 600,000-mark on 3 May 2021 and the 700,000-mark on 21 May 2021. At the end of 2020, there were about 230,000 COVID-19 cases in the country. On 16 January 2021, the first anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic in Japan was commemorated. It was two days after the number of confirmed cases in the country exceeded 300,000. On 20 January 2021, the number of deaths in Japan exceeded the number of deaths in China. About three months later, on 27 April 2021, the number of deaths in the country crossed the 10,000-mark.

COVID-19 pandemic on <i>Diamond Princess</i> COVID-19 viral pandemic on Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess is a cruise ship registered in Britain, and owned and operated by Princess Cruises. During a cruise that began on 20 January 2020, positive cases of COVID-19 linked to the COVID-19 pandemic were confirmed on the ship in February 2020. 712 people out of 3,711 became infected, and 14 people, all of them passengers, died. At the time, the ship accounted for over half the reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 outside of mainland China.

Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting is a Japanese advisory body established in the New Coronavirus Infectious Diseases Control Headquarters of the Japanese Cabinet.

The following is a timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.

Events in the year 2021 in Japan.

References

  1. 68歳誕生日. Shimura's Official Blog. 19 February 2018
  2. 1 2 Frishberg, Hannah (30 March 2020). "Ken Shimura, 'Japan's Robin Williams,' dies from coronavirus at 70". New York Post. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  3. Ripley, Will; Wakatsuki, Yoko (30 March 2020). "Ken Shimura, famed Japanese comedian, died at 70 after contracting coronavirus". CNN.
  4. "Ken Shimura dead of coronavirus; Japanese comic was 70 years old". USA Today. 30 March 2020.
  5. 1 2 "Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies of coronavirus-related pneumonia". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  6. "Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus". USA TODAY. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  7. Will Ripley; Yoko Wakatsuki. "Ken Shimura, famed Japanese comedian, dead at 70 after contracting coronavirus". CNN. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  8. ""相葉どうぶつ園"が10月開園 日テレ系「天才!志村どうぶつ園」は9月終了". sanspo.com (in Japanese). 4 July 2020. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. "『天才!志村どうぶつ園』16年の歴史に幕 10月から相葉雅紀MCの新番組". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). 4 July 2020. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  10. "志村けん、新型コロナ陽性で入院中と発表「回復に全力で努めております」 感染経路は不明". オリコンニュース. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. 1 2 3 "重症化…志村けん 人工心肺装着 新型コロナ感染公表 芸能界に"濃厚接触者"がいる懸念". Sponichi Annex. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  12. "志村けんさん 新型コロナ 肺炎の症状…現在も入院中". FNN. 25 March 2020. Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  13. "志村けん、初主演映画「キネマの神様」出演を辞退 コロナ感染で事務所「申し訳なく思っております」". www.sponichi.co.jp. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  14. "Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus: NHK". Reuters. 29 March 2020.
  15. 志村けんさん死去 新型コロナ感染で肺炎. The Nikkei. 30 March 2020
  16. コロナ感染で予断を許さない志村けんの病状と「ナゾの感染ルート」. Friday Digital. 29 March 2020
  17. Rich, Motoko (2 April 2020). "Ken Shimura, Comedian Whose Sketches Delighted Japan, Dies at 70". The New York Times . Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  18. "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会" (Enter "ミニモニ。" in the アーティスト parameter and then click 検索). Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2020.