|BANDď MITSUGORď X|
Real name: Morita Hisashi
Line number: J█DAIME (X)
Existence: 23 January 1956 ~ 21 February 2015
Great-grandfather: Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX
Son: Band˘ Minosuke II
September 1962: he makes 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 takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Yasosuke IV becomes Band˘ Minosuke VII.
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Yasosuke plays the roles of Kamo no Sabur˘, the countryman, Akugor˘ and the medium Sakaki in "Shibaraku", "Tachi Nusubito", "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
1985: Yasosuke plays a role in Paul Schrader's movie "Mishima: a life in four chapters".
April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].
June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script is staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Yasosuke plays the role of Miyanobe Genjir˘ [casting].
October 1989: tour in Europe.
June ~ July 1990: tour in South-East Asia.
January 1992: Yasosuke plays the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ in the play "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", which is performed at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘. His stage partner in the role of the courtesan Michitose is Nakamura Tokiz˘ V.
November 1997: the Kabukiza celebrates the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) and the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the deaths of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII; Yasosuke plays 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".
April 1999: his father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX dies; Yasosuke plays the role of Seishin in the play "Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui", commonly called "Izayoi Seishin", which is performed at the National Theatre; his stage partner in the role of the courtesan Izayoi is Nakamura Shibajaku VII.
January 2001: Band˘ Yasosuke V takes 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].
April 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrates 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˘ plays for the first time the role of Yoemon in the dance "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partner in the role of Kasane is Nakamura Fukusuke IX.
October 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrates his shűmei at the Misonoza in Nagoya by playing the roles of Kumagai Naozane and Tadanobu in the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" ("Kumagai Jin'ya") and the dance "Yoshinoyama".
December 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrates 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".
January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of the villain ďtomo no Kachimaro [casting].
March 2012: Mitsugor˘ plays 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 includes 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 is Ichikawa Danjűr˘.
August 2013: Mitsugor˘ plays 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 does not perform in September 2013 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. He is 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".
August 2014: Mitsugor˘ appears 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˘ passes away at the age of 59.
Official website: http://www.kabuki.ne.jp/mitsugoro/
The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
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