Real name: Fujima Junjir˘
Poetry name: Kinsh˘
Crests: Yotsu Hanabishi / Mitsu Ich˘
Existence: 7 July 1910 ~ 11 January 1982
Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
Father-in-law: Nakamura Kichiemon I
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
January 1925: first stage appearance under the name of Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II.
April 1931: Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II takes the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ V.
January 1949: his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII dies.
September 1949: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V takes the name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Benkei and Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" and the "Sakaro" scene of the jidaimono "Hirakana Seisuiki".
July 1953: premiere at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ukifune"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Kaoru [casting]. Revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of the queen of the Priest Sanz˘ [casting].
July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Sarushima no S˘ta [more details]. Revival at the Kabukiza of the michiyuki "Ch˘ no Michiyuki", in which K˘shir˘ plays the role of Sukekuni; the role of Komaki is played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.
November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of the priest Seigen, Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [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˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru [casting].
June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Namboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Omatsuri Sashichi and Hantoki Kurobei [casting].
1975: K˘shir˘ receives 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 take the names of Matsumoto Haku˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘emon and Ichikawa Shinsha II.
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"), Sekibei/ďtomo no Kuronushi ("Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"), Jűbei (Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge).
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955)
The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors
The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors
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