BANDď MITSUGORď X

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X In Japanese
Band˘ Yasosuke V In Japanese

Real name: Morita Hisashi

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: J█DAIME (X)

Existence: 23 January 1956 ~ 21 February 2015

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Band˘ Shűch˘ II

Grandfathers: Band˘ Shűch˘ III, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII

Father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX

Son: Band˘ Minosuke II

Career:

September 1962: he made his first appearance on stage, receiving the name of Band˘ Yasosuke V during a special name-taking ceremony for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI took the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Yasosuke IV became Band˘ Minosuke VII.

16 January 1975: his grandfather Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII died.

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Yasosuke played the roles of Kamo no Sabur˘, the countryman, Akugor˘ and the medium Sakaki in "Shibaraku", "Tachi Nusubito", "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which were staged to celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].

4 October 1985: release of Paul Schrader's movie "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters", in which Yasosuke played the role of the young bonze Mizoguchi.

April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].

April 1987: Yasosuke played the role of Ume˘maru at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

September 1987: Yasosuke played for the first time the prestigious role of Ranpei in the drama "Ranpei Monogurui", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script was staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Yasosuke played the role of Miyanobe Genjir˘ [casting].

15 September 1989: release in Japan of Teshigahara Hiroshi's movie "Rikyű", in which Yasosuke played the role of Mitsunari Ishida.

October 1989: tour in Europe.

June ~ July 1990: tour in South-East Asia.

August 1990: revival at the Kabukiza of the kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki"; Yasosuke played the role of Matsui Sabur˘ [casting]

January 1992: Yasosuke played the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ in the drama "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", which was staged at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Michitose was Nakamura Tokiz˘ V.

August 1992: Yasosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Tadanobu in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

January 1993: Yasosuke played at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ the great role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘".

August 1993: Yasosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

4 February 1995: release in Japan of Shinoda Masahiro's movie "Sharaku", in which Yasosuke played the role of Matsudaira Sadanobu.

June 1995: Yasosuke played the role of the wicked priest K˘chiyama in the drama "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana", which was staged at the National Theatre.

August 1995: Yasosuke played for the first time the role of the warrior Kumagai Naozane in the scene "Kumagai Jin'ya" of the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

August 1996: revival at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Korikori Banashi"; Yasosuke played the role of the priest Jűzen [more details].

March 1997: Yasosuke played at the National Theatre the role of the wicked hair-dresser Shinza in the play "Kamiyui Shinza".

November 1997: the Kabukiza celebrated the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) and the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the passing away of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII; Yasosuke played the roles of the dancing girl Hanako (in reality the ky˘genshi Sakon) and the fisherman in the dances "Yakko D˘j˘ji" and "Amiuchi".

August 1998: Yasosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

1 April 1999: his father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX died.

April 1999: Yasosuke played the role of Seishin in the drama "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui", commonly called "Izayoi Seishin", which was staged at the National Theatre; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Izayoi was Nakamura Shibajaku VII.

May 1999: Yasosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Kurumabiki".

April 2000: Yasosuke played the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Kurotegumi Sukeroku", which was staged at the Misonoza (Nagoya).

January 2001: Band˘ Yasosuke V took the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kisen ("Rokkasen"), the dumpling-maker ("Dango Uri"), Soga Gor˘ ("Kotobuki Soga no Taimen") and Yogor˘ ("Gosho no Goroz˘") [more details].

February 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza by playing the roles of Sakon ("Yakko D˘j˘ji"), Tatsugor˘ ("Megumi no Kenka") and Kakubei ("Echigo Jishi").

April 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza by playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" and all the main roles of the series of dances gathered under the title "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" (S˘j˘ Henj˘, Ariwara no Narihira, Bun'ya, Kisen and ďtomo no Kuronushi).

August 2001: Mitsugor˘ played for the first time the role of Yoemon in the dance "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which was staged at the Kabukiza. His stage partner in the role of Kasane was Nakamura Fukusuke IX.

October 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei at the Misonoza in Nagoya by playing the roles of Kumagai Naozane and Tadanobu in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" ("Kumagai Jin'ya") and the dance "Yoshinoyama".

December 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei at the Minamiza in Ky˘to by playing the roles of ďtomo no Kuronushi and Sukeroku in the 2 great dramas "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To" and "Sukeroku Sakura no Futae Obi".

February 2002: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of Tatsugor˘ and Tadanobu in the drama "Megumi no Kenka" and the dance "Yoshinoyama".

July 2002: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei on tour in the eastern provinces by playing the roles of Kisen and Tadanobu in the dance "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" and the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama".

September 2002: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei on tour in the western provinces by playing the roles of Kisen and Tadanobu in the dance "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" and the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama".

July 2003: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei on tour in the Central Provinces, playing the role of the painter Matahei in the drama "Domo Mata".

8 November 2003: release of Morita Yoshimitsu's movie "Like Asura", in which Mitsugor˘ played the role of Masukawa Sadaharu.

20 October 2006: release in Japan of Yamada Y˘ji's movie "Love and Honor", in which Mitsugor˘ played the role of Shimada T˘ya.

26 January 2008: release in Japan of Yamada Y˘ji's movie "Kabei: Our Mother", in which Mitsugor˘ played the role of Nogami Shigeru.

January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Mitsugor˘ played the role of the villain ďtomo no Kachimaro [casting].

23 December 2011: release in Japan of Narushima Izuru's movie "Isoroku", in which Mitsugor˘ played the role of Hori Teikichi.

March 2012: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Okabe Rokuyata in a t˘shi ky˘gen production of "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which included the rare revivals of both "Horikawa Gosho" and "Nagashi no Eda"; his main stage partner in the roles of Satsuma-no-Kami Tadanori and Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was Ichikawa Danjűr˘.

August 2013: Mitsugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Gonroku, Kamiyui Shinza and Jir˘kaja in "Nozaki-mura", "Kamiyui Shinza" and "B˘ Shibari". Mitsugor˘, who has been diagnosed with a pancreas tumor, stop acting; he did not perform in September 2013 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. He was replaced by Nakamura Hashinosuke to perform the role of Lord Tsunatoyo in "Ohama Goten", by Ichikawa Sadanji for the role of Ishizaka Kinai in "Shiranui Kengy˘" and by Nakamura Kanjaku for the role of Akuta in "Uma Nusubito".

April 2014: Mitsugor˘ was back on stage, playing at the Kabukiza the role of the sarumawashi Judayű in the dance-drama "Utsubo Zaru".

August 2014: Mitsugor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kashiwaya Kinbŕ and the tobigashira Tsurukichi in the drama "Tanuki" and the dance "Kioi Jishi".

21 February 2015: losing his battle against a pancreatic cancer, Mitsugor˘ passed away at the age of 59.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X was one of the best tachiyaku actors of the Heisei era and an amazing dancer. He was highly praised for his precise acting.

Official website: http://www.kabuki.ne.jp/mitsugoro/

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X playing the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Soga no Taimen" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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