MATSUMOTO HAKUď

Stage names:

Matsumoto Haku˘ In Japanese
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII In Japanese
Ichikawa Somegor˘ V In Japanese
Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II In Japanese

Real name: Fujima Junjir˘

Guild: K˘raiya

Poetry name: Kinsh˘

Crests: Yotsu Hanabishi / Mitsu Ich˘

Existence: 7 July 1910 ~ 11 January 1982

Connections:

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Father-in-law: Nakamura Kichiemon I

Brothers: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI, Onoe Sh˘roku II

Sons: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Nakamura Kichiemon II

Grandson: Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII

Great-grandson: Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV

Disciples: Matsumoto Kingo II, Matsumoto Kingo III, Ichikawa Shinsha II, Matsumoto K˘jaku I, Matsumoto K˘emon, Matsumoto K˘tar˘ II, Matsumoto K˘jir˘, Matsumoto K˘z˘, Matsumoto Komagor˘ II, Matsumoto Kinshir˘, Matsumoto K˘nosuke

Career:

January 1925: first stage appearance under the name of Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II.

April 1931: Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ V.

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Somegor˘ played the role of ďishi Sezaemon [casting].

April 1936: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Uwanari" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Somegor˘ played the role of the disciple Gungaku [more details].

December 1946: Somegor˘ was a member of the Kabuki troupe which celebrated the reopening of the rebuilt Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ [more details].

27 January 1949: his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII died.

September 1949: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V and his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ II respectively took the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Benkei [1], Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu, the boatman and Shinsuke in "Kanjinch˘" [1], "Sakaro", "Shizuhata no Obi" and "Chijimiya Shinsuke".

October 1949: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Benkei [2], Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and the boatman in "Kanjinch˘" [2], "Sakaro" and "Shizuhata no Obi".

December 1950: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Takiguchi K˘zuke/the yakko Fudesuke, Watanabe no Tsuna, the fisherman Fukashichi (in reality Kanawa Gor˘ Imakuni), Katakura Kojűr˘ and Matsue Izumo-no-Kami [3] in "Izari no Adauchi", "Ibaraki", "Mikasayama Goten", "Jitsuroku Sendai Hagi" and "K˘chiyama" [3].

October 1951: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘, Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori, Benkei [4] and Mizuno Jűr˘zaemon [5] in "Sum˘ba", "Moritsuna Jin'ya", "Kanjinch˘" [4] and "Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ" [5].

November 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kema Nanboku's revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Mohei [casting].

July 1953: premiere at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ukifune"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Kaoru [casting]. Revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; K˘shir˘ played the role of the queen of the Priest Sanz˘ [casting].

March 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Ariwara no Yukihira and the ry˘shi Konohŕ [more details].

February 1955: revival at the Kabukiza of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Sakata Kintoki [casting].

March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Ii Naosuke [more details].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Sarushima no S˘ta [more details]. Revival at the Kabukiza of the michiyuki "Ch˘ no Michiyuki", in which K˘shir˘ played the role of Sukekuni; the role of Komaki was played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.

March 1959: revival at the Meijiza of the dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Oyozume Banashi"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Minamoto Yorimitsu [more details].

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Mishima Yukio; K˘shir˘ played the roles of the priest Seigen, Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [casting].

March 1961: the actors K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Nakamura Shikaku II signed exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ Company and left the Sh˘chiku Company.

July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ and Sagami no Gor˘ [casting].

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theatre with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Matsu˘maru [casting].

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Omatsuri Sashichi and Hantoki Kurobŕ [casting].

1975: K˘shir˘ received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

October 1981: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei); Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI, Matsumoto Kintar˘ III, Ichikawa Nakanosuke III and Ichikawa Momomaru respectively took the names of Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘emon and Ichikawa Shinsha II.

11 January 1982: Haku˘ died in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Matsumoto Haku˘ was the leading tachiyaku of the postwar decades and the worthy heir of both his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and his father-in-law Nakamura Kichiemon I. He was also very active in modern or Western productions, especially during his years at the T˘h˘.

Matsumoto Haku˘'s best roles: Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane ("Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"), Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu ("Hirakana Seisuiki"), Sekibŕ/ďtomo no Kuronushi ("Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"), Jűbŕ (Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge).

[1] The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kichiemon I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX.

[2] The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Moshio IV.

[3] The role of K˘chiyama S˘shun was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

[4] The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

[5] The role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955)

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955

The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

 
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