BANDď MITSUGORď VIII

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII In Japanese
Band˘ Minosuke VI In Japanese
Band˘ Yasosuke III In Japanese

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Existence: 19 October 1906 ~ 16 January 1975

Connection:

Adoptive father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII

Adopted son (and son-in-law): Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX

Grandson: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X

Great-grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II

Career:

January 1913: he makes his first appearance on stage, receiving the name of Band˘ Yasosuke III.

June 1928: Band˘ Yasosuke III takes the name of Band˘ Minosuke VI at the Meijiza by playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the drama "Kurama Genji".

1932: Minosuke works on a modern stage version of the classic novel "Genji Monogatari" but the project is forbidden by the Japanese Authorities.

1935 ~ 1939: Minosuke joins a Kabuki troupe managed by the company T˘h˘. His stage partners are Nakamura Moshio IV, Ichikawa Komaz˘ IX and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI.

1940: Minosuke settles in Kamigata and becomes one of the leading actors in Takechi Tetsuji's Kabuki troupe, nicknamed Takechi Kabuki.

July 1951: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Minosuke plays the role of Shimojima Jin'emon [casting].

August 1953: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Sonezaki Shinjű" at the Shimbashi Embuj˘; Minosuke plays the role of Hiranoya Kyűemon [more details].

September 1953: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance "Ryűko", starring Minosuke and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II in the roles of the Dragon and the Tiger.

July 1956: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Uma Nusubito"; Minosuke plays the role of Akuta [casting].

January 1958: Minosuke plays at the Bunrakuza in ďsaka the role of Sekibei (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To". His stage partners are Hayashi Mataichir˘ II (Yoshimine Munesada) and ďtani Tomoemon VII (Ono no Komachi, Sumizome).

March 1958: Minosuke takes part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

June 1958: revival at the T˘yoko Hall of the drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami"; Minosuke plays the role of Asaina Sabur˘ Yoshihide [more details].

1961: Minosuke is back in T˘ky˘.

November 1961: his adoptive father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII dies.

September 1962: great shűmei for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI and Band˘ Yasosuke IV respectively take the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Minosuke VII; this is also the hatsubutai of Band˘ Yasosuke V; the new Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Kisen and Hoshikage Doemon in the dance "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" and the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘".

June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Iwai-buro Jisuke [casting].

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Matsu˘maru [casting].

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Shiratayű [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Namboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Mitsugor˘ plays the roles of Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [casting].

July 1967: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Sekibei (in reality ďtomo no Kuronushi) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sadanji III (Yoshimine Munesada), Nakamura Shikan (Ono no Komachi) and Onoe Baik˘ VII (Sumizome).

November 1967: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre 3 roles (including Katagiri Katsumoto) in Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Kiri Hitoha".

June 1968: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Gapp˘ in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji". The role of Gapp˘'s daughter Tamate Gozen is played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.

January 1972: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Dozaemon Denkichi and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Sannin Kichisa Kuruwa no Hatsugai" and the bombastic short play "Ya-no-Ne".

May 1973: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the leading role of the dance "Yakko D˘j˘ji".

September 1973: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Urahashi Jűdayű in Kawatake Mokuami's rare play "Kokubyakuron Oriwake Hakata".

January 1974: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of T˘jin'ame no Ichibei in Kawatake Mokuami's rare play "Ninj˘ Banashi Kamiyui T˘ji".

December 1974: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Kakogawa Honz˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". The roles of Honz˘'s wife Tonase and Honz˘'s daughter Konami are played by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Matsue V.

January 1975: Mitsugor˘ dies of paralysis and convulsions after eating fugu liver in a Ky˘to restaurant.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII was a talented tachiyaku and katakiyaku of the Sh˘wa era. He was particularly excellent in aragoto roles.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII's best roles: Akizuki Daizen ("Shin Usuyuki Monogatari"), Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ ("Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"), Ikyű ("Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"), K˘ no Moron˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Nagao Kenshin ("Honch˘ Nijűshik˘") and Senoo Tar˘ ("Heike Nyogo-ga-Shima").

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII playing an evil lord in the aragoto style
Print courtesy of Paul Binnie (all rights reserved)

Print made by Natori Shunsen in 1953

The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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