|BANDď SH█CHď II|
Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Other name: Yoshimatsu
Real name: Mizuta Yoshijir˘
Nickname: Sakasa Hy˘tan ("the upside-down gourd")
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 1848 ~ 29 September 1901
Adopted son and son-in-law: Band˘ Shűch˘ III
Great-great-grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II
1848: born in Nagoya. His father is a sum˘ wrestler.
1853: he becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV, who is on tour in Nagoya, and receives the name of Ichikawa Yonemaru, playing the role of Goroichi in the drama "Ishikawa Goemon".
1867: Yonemaru settles in ďsaka and takes the name of Ichikawa Yonejűr˘ III at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai.
3rd lunar month of 1871: Yonejűr˘ settles in T˘ky˘ and plays at Nakamuraza in the drama "Z˘h˘ Sembon Zakura".
1880: tour in Nagoya with the troupe led by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX; Shűch˘ plays at the Furusode-Ch˘ Shibai.
February 1884: Band˘ Shűch˘ takes the name of Band˘ Shűch˘ II at the Shintomiza.
February 1885: Shűch˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Shűch˘ plays the role of Ogiwara's wife Omura [casting].
1887: tour in Nagoya.
May 1890: Shűch˘ plays at the Shintomiza the roles of Oyoshi and Omine in the drama "Jitsuroku Chűshingura".
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Shűch˘ plays the role of Akoya [casting].
November 1893: Shűch˘ plays at the Minamiza (Ky˘to) the role of Masaoka in the drama "Jitsuroku Sendai Hagi".
April 1901: Shűch˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Misonoza in his hometown (Nagoya), playing the roles of Sagami and Oyumi in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Keisei Awa no Naruto".
Band˘ Shűch˘ II was not a good-looking actor and his diction was not great but he nevertheless succeeded in making a great career as an onnagata. He excelled in the roles of sewamono house wives. His stage partners were the best Meiji tachiyaku like Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Onoe Kikugor˘ V or Ichikawa Sadanji I.
The Band˘ Shűch˘ line of actors
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