MATSUMOTO KOMASABURď
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Matsumoto Komasabur˘ I
 

Unknown actor

Matsumoto Komasabur˘ II
 

Unknown actor

Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III
Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Komasabur˘  In Japanese | Ichikawa Momokichi  In Japanese
 

Born the 15th of August 1885 in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Komaz˘ VIII and he received the name of Ichikawa Momokichi in September 1896 when he made his debut on stage. He became nadai and celebrated the event in June 1907 at the Kabukiza, where he took the name of Ichikawa Komasabur˘ and played the roles of Anzai Yasabur˘ and Gengo in the drama "Jűnitoki Kaikei Soga" [1]. He took the name of Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III in November 1911 at the Imperial Theater, where his master Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII celebrated his shűmei by taking a prestigious name which had not been held since 11th lunar month of 1846; the new Komasabur˘ played the roles of the warrior Y˘ga Hansuke and a takeda yakko in the drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘". He died in 1924. This tachiyaku actor was a supporting actor in ˘shibai but a leading actor in koshibai. He was a mainstay at the Sakaeza [2], the Ryűseiza [3], the Miyatoza or the K˘en Gekij˘ [4]. His best roles were Matsu˘maru in "Terakoya", Nozarashi Gosuke in the eponymous drama and Sasaki Moritsuna [5] in "Moritsuna Jin'ya". He also performed in several B&W silent movies, all of them being Kabuki dramas turned into movies: "Awa no Naruto" (1913), "Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki" (1913), "Hyakunenme Ch˘bŕ" (1913), "Momijigari" (1914) and "Seki no To" (1914).

Matsumoto Komasabur˘ III

 

Notes

[1] It was also the shűmei of Nakamura Takesabur˘ V.

[2] A venue in Nezu, which was in activity from 1892 to 1906.

[3] A venue in Asakusa Muk˘-Yanagihara which was in activity from the beginning of the 1880s to 1923, when it was destroyed the 1st of September by a powerful earthquake called Kant˘ Daijishin.

[4] Literally the Park Theater, a venue located in Asakusa.

[5] Komasabur˘ played this role in September 1909 at the Fukagawaza, in June 1916 at the Miyatoza, in January 1918 at the Miyatoza and in January 1921 at the K˘en Gekij˘.

 
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