|MATSUMOTO KďSHIRď IX|
Real name: Fujima Teruaki
Line number: KUDAIME (IX)
Crests: Yotsu Hanabishi / Fusen Ch˘
Birthday: 19 August 1942
Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku III
Father: Matsumoto Haku˘ (K˘shir˘ VIII)
Brother: Nakamura Kichiemon II
Grandson: Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV
Disciples: Matsumoto Kingo III, Ichikawa Komaz˘ XI, Matsumoto K˘jaku I, Matsumoto K˘jaku II, Matsumoto K˘emon, Matsumoto K˘tar˘ II, Matsumoto K˘jir˘, Matsumoto K˘z˘, Matsumoto Kin'ichi III, Matsumoto Kin'ya III, Matsumoto Kinsei, Matsumoto Takaya, Matsumoto Kinjir˘, Matsumoto Kinji
27 January 1949: his grandfather Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII dies.
September 1949: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V and his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ II take the respective names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; the new Somegor˘ plays the role of the sword-holder and Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu (t˘mi) in "Kanjinch˘" and "Sakaro".
May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the playwright; Somegor˘ plays the role of Ogura Hikokur˘ [casting].
October 1981: great name-taking ceremony at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (k˘raiya sandai shűmei). Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII retires under the name of Matsumoto Haku˘, his son Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI takes the name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX and his grandson Matsumoto Kintar˘ III becomes Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII. The new K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Sukeroku, Matsu˘maru and Benkei in the plays "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", "Terakoya" and "Kanjinch˘".
11 January 1982: his father Matsumoto Haku˘ dies.
March 2000: an amazing threesome at the Kabukiza for the performance of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru, with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ and Onoe Kikugor˘ in the roles of Ume˘maru and Sakuramaru.
November 2000: K˘shir˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Seigen and Gonsuke in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘". His son Ichikawa Somegor˘ plays the role of princess Sakura.
November 2008: for the very first time in Kabuki history, a novel of Edogawa Rampo is adapted for Kabuki. This play, which is staged at the National Theatre, is based on "The Were-Panther" ("Ningenhy˘" in japanese), a novel with the detective Akechi Kogor˘, which was published in 1934; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Akechi Kogor˘ [more details].
June 2009: K˘shir˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of a parent shishi in the dance-drama "Kadonde I˘ Kotobuki Renjishi", which celebrates the debut on stage (hatsubutai) of his grandson Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV; the roles of the shishi cubs are played by Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII and Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV. K˘shir˘ also plays the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Kamiyui Shinza in "Sum˘ba" and "Kamiyui Shinza".
15 December 2009: K˘shir˘ joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira [more details].
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX is an amazing tachiyaku and one of the most popular contemporary actors.
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX's best roles: Benkei ("Kanjinch˘"), ďtomo no Kuronushi (" Seki no To"), K˘chiyama S˘shun ("K˘chiyama"), Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane ("Kumagai Jin'ya"), Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu ("Hirakana Seisuiki"), Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Matsunaga Daizen ("Kinkakuji").
The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors
The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors
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