|BANDď KICHIYA II|
Real name: Honma Toshio
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 21 June 1937 ~ 23 April 2004
Great-grandfather: Morita Kan'ya XII
Grandfather: Morita Kan'ya XIII
Father: Band˘ K˘tar˘
Master: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII
Brother: Band˘ Yajűr˘
Grandson: Band˘ Kokichi
1960: Kichiya joined the world of movies, signing a contract with the famous company T˘ei.
September 1962: Kichiya was back in the Kabuki world.
1969: Kichiya became nadai.
May~June 1994: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which was staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon. It recreated the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brought the actors closer to the audience. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" was coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi; Kichiya played the role of Takuetsu [more details].
April 2004: Kichiya was supposed to play at the Sh˘chikuza the roles of Magoemon and K˘chiya Tokubŕ in the dramas "Shinjű Ten no Amajima" and "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" but he suddenly died the 23rd of April.
Band˘ Kichiya II, a tachiyaku and oyajigata actor, was not born in the Kamigata but he spent there many years, trained by his master Band˘ Minosuke VI. Therefore, many of his best roles belonged to the Kamigata Kabuki: Kuheiji ("Sonezaki Shinjű"), Gozaemon ("Shinjű Ten no Amajima"), Tsuribune Sabu ("Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"), Magoemon ("Ninokuchi-mura") and Gihei ("Obiya"). He was also a frequent performer of the role of Yazaemon in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".
The Band˘ Kichiya line of actors
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