|MORITA KAN'YA XIV|
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
Adopted son: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V
January 1926: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ IV takes the name of Band˘ Shűka III at the Imperial Theater, playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the dance "Kuramayama".
16 June 1932: his adoptive father Morita Kan'ya XIII dies.
1932 ~ 1937: he is a regular member of a troupe of young actors, called "Seinen Kabuki", which performs at the Shinjuku Daiichi Gekij˘.
January 1935: Band˘ Shűka III takes 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 spends 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).
December 1965: Kan'ya and his adopted son Band˘ Tamasabur˘ V achieve 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 plays the role of Takebe Genz˘ [casting].
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Kan'ya plays the role of the priest Seigen [casting].
January 1975: Kan'ya appears on stage for the last time, in Nagoya at the Chűnichi Gekij˘, where he plays the role of Matsuura Shizunobu in the drama "Matsuura no Taiko".
28 March 1975: Kan'ya dies.
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), Momoi Wakasanosuke (act III), Hayano Kampei ("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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