|BANDď MITSUGORď VIII|
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Existence: 19 October 1906 ~ 16 January 1975
Adoptive father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII
Adopted son (and son-in-law): Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX
Grandson: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X
Great-grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II
January 1913: he made his first appearance on stage, receiving the name of Band˘ Yasosuke III at the Ichimuraza.
June 1928: Band˘ Yasosuke III took the name of Band˘ Minosuke VI at the Meijiza, playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the drama "Kurama Genji".
1932: Minosuke worked on a modern stage version of the classic novel "Genji Monogatari" but the project was forbidden by the Japanese Authorities.
1935 ~ 1939: Minosuke joined a Kabuki troupe managed by the T˘h˘ Company; his stage partners were Nakamura Moshio IV, Ichikawa Komaz˘ IX and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI.
July 1937: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the Yűrakuza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ori", with a casting mixing Kabuki and non-Kabuki actors. Nakamura Moshio IV, Minosuke and Nakamura Komanosuke VII played the roles of Yűchin/Goroichi, Shichibŕ and the daiku Gen.
1940: Minosuke settled in Kamigata and became one of the leading actors in Takechi Tetsuji's Kabuki troupe, nicknamed Takechi Kabuki.
January 1946: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the Gidayű-based version of the dance-drama "Sh˘j˘"; Minosuke played the role of a sh˘j˘ [more details].
July 1951: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Minosuke played the role of Shimojima Jin'emon [casting].
August 1953: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Sonezaki Shinjű" at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Minosuke played the role of Hiranoya Kyűemon [more details].
September 1953: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance "Ryűko", starring Minosuke and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II in the roles of the Dragon and the Tiger.
July 1956: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Uma Nusubito"; Minosuke played the role of Akuta [casting].
January 1958: Minosuke played at the Bunrakuza in ďsaka the role of Sekibŕ (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"; his stage partners were Hayashi Mataichir˘ II (Yoshimine Munesada) and ďtani Tomoemon VII (Ono no Komachi, Sumizome).
March 1958: Minosuke took part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].
June 1958: revival at the T˘yoko Hall of the drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami"; Minosuke played the role of Asaina Sabur˘ Yoshihide [more details].
1961: Minosuke was back in T˘ky˘.
4 November 1961: his adoptive father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII died.
June 1962: revival at the Kabukiza under the supervision of Takechi Tetsuji of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Minosuke played the role of Kond˘ Gunjibŕ [more details].
September 1962: great shűmei for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI and Band˘ Yasosuke IV respectively took the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Minosuke VII; this was also the hatsubutai of Band˘ Yasosuke V; the new Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Kisen and Hoshikage Doemon in the dance "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" and the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘".
June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Mitsugor˘ played the role of Iwai-buro Jisuke [casting].
November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Matsu˘maru [casting].
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Shiratayű [casting].
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Mitsugor˘ played the roles of Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [casting].
July 1967: Mitsugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Sekibŕ (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Sadanji III (Yoshimine Munesada), Nakamura Shikan (Ono no Komachi) and Onoe Baik˘ VII (Sumizome).
November 1967: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre 3 roles (including Katagiri Katsumoto) in Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Kiri Hitoha".
June 1968: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Gapp˘ in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the role of Gapp˘'s daughter Tamate Gozen was played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.
January 1972: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai" and the bombastic short play "Ya-no-Ne".
May 1973: Mitsugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the leading role of the dance "Yakko D˘j˘ji".
September 1973: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Urahashi Jűdayű in Kawatake Mokuami's rarely-staged drama "Kokubyakuron Oriwake Hakata".
January 1974: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the role of T˘jin'ame no Ichibŕ in Kawatake Mokuami's rarely-staged drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Kamiyui T˘ji".
December 1974: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Kakogawa Honz˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; *the roles of Honz˘'s wife Tonase and Honz˘'s daughter Konami were played by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Matsue V.
16 January 1975: Mitsugor˘ died of paralysis and convulsions after eating fugu liver in a Ky˘to restaurant.
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII was a talented tachiyaku and katakiyaku of the Sh˘wa era. He was particularly excellent in aragoto roles.
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII's best roles: Akizuki Daizen ("Shin Usuyuki Monogatari"), Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ ("Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"), Ikyű ("Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"), K˘ no Moron˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Nagao Kenshin ("Honch˘ Nijűshik˘") and Senoo Tar˘ ("Heike Nyogo no Shima").
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII playing the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Sum˘ba"
Print made by Natori Shunsen in 1953
The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
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