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 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].

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

September 1987: Yasosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of Ranpei in the play "Ranpei Monogurui", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

June 1995: Yasosuke plays the role of the wicked priest K˘chiyama in the play "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana", which is performed at the National Theatre.

August 1995: Yasosuke plays 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 is performed at the Kabukiza.

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

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

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".

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

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.

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

April 2000: Yasosuke plays the role of Sukeroku in the play "Kurotegumi Sukeroku", which is performed at the Misonoza (Nagoya).

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].

February 2001: Mitsugor˘ celebrates 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˘ 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".

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

July 2002: Mitsugor˘ celebrates 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˘ celebrates 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˘ celebrates his shűmei on tour in the Central Provinces, playing the role of the painter Matahei in the drama "Domo Mata".

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".

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

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.

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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