|MORITA KAN'YA XIV|
Real name: Morita Yoshiyuki
Line number: J█YONDAIME (XIV)
Existence: 8 March 1907 ~ 28 March 1975
Grandfather: Morita Kan'ya XII
Adoptive father: Morita Kan'ya XIII
Son: Morita Kin'ya
Adopted son: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V
16 June 1932: his adoptive father Morita Kan'ya XIII died.
1932 ~ 1937: he was a regular member of a troupe of young actors, called Seinen Kabuki, which performed at the Shinjuku Daiichi Gekij˘.
January 1935: Band˘ Shűka III took the name of Morita Kan'ya XIV at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Konishi Yukinaga in the drama "Mikka Taiheiki".
1947 ~ 1953: Kan'ya spent a lot of time in the cinema world, acting in movies like It˘ Daisuke's "Sur˘nin Makarit˘ru" (1947), "Otomi to Yosabur˘" (a movie adaptation of the Kabuki drama "Kirare Yosa") and Nakagawa Nobuo's "Edo no Hanamichi" (1953).
February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" was staged for the first time with Kabuki actors; Kan'ya played the role of Zushonosuke in "Tenshu Monogatari" [casting].
December 1965: Kan'ya and his adopted son Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V achieved a great success at the Kabukiza by playing the roles of Tonase and her daughter Konami in the michiyuki "Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri".
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theatre with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Kan'ya played the role of Takebe Genz˘ [casting].
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Kan'ya played the role of the priest Seigen [casting].
January 1975: Kan'ya appeared on stage for the last time, in Nagoya at the Chűnichi Theatre, where he played the role of Matsuura Shizunobu in the drama "Matsuura no Taiko".
28 March 1975: Kan'ya died.
Morita Kan'ya XIV was a talented tachiyaku actor, excelling in nimaime roles and who was deeply influenced by the pre-WW2 star Ichimura Uzaemon XV. Instead of the usual kata deviced by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI for the roles of Sanemori ("Sanemori Monogatari") or Benten Koz˘ ("Shiranami Gonin Otoko"), he preferred to use Ichimura Uzaemon XV's ones and, therefore, helped to their preservation. He was able to play a broad range of roles: if we take the example of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", he had the opportunity to play during his career the roles of En'ya Hangan (act I), K˘ no Moron˘ (act I), Momonoi Wakasanosuke (act III), Hayano Kanpei ("Ochiudo", act V, act VI), Bannai ("Ochiudo"), Sadakur˘ (act V), Fuwa kazuemon (act VI), Senzaki Yagor˘ (act VI), Teraoka Heiemon (act VII), Tonase (act VIII), Kakogawa Honz˘ (act IX), Yuranosuke (act IX) or Hattori Itsur˘ (act XI). At the end of his career, he often took part in rare revivals produced at the National Theatre.
Morita Kan'ya XIV playing the role of Tadanobu in the dance "Yoshinoyama" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1952)
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
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