ICHIKAWA SOMEGORď VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII In Japanese
Matsumoto Kintar˘ III In Japanese

Other name: Matsumoto Kinsh˘

Real name: Fujima Terumasa

Guild: K˘raiya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Crests: Yotsu Hanabishi / Mitsu Ich˘

Birthday: 8 January 1973

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Grandfather: Matsumoto Haku˘

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX

Son: Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV

Career:

1978: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, receiving the name of Matsumoto Kintar˘ III.

October 1981: great name-taking ceremony at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei); Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII retires under the name of Matsumoto Haku˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI and Matsumoto Kintar˘ III respectively take the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII. the new Somegor˘ plays the roles of Fukuyama and Rikiya in the dramas "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura" and "Gion Ichiriki Jaya".

November 1987: Somegor˘ plays Hamlet.

1993: Somegor˘ plays Amadeus in the eponymous drama; the role of Salieri is played by his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX.

May~June 1994: first edition of the Cocoon Kabuki, which is staged at the Shibuya Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon and recreates the atmosphere of the Edo koshibai and brings the actors closer to the audience. The play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan" is coproduced by Nakamura Kankur˘ V and the playwright Kushida Kazuyoshi; Somegor˘ plays the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ [more details].

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

August~September 1996: second edition of the Cocoon Kabuki with the production of "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; Somegor˘ plays the role of Tamashima Isonoj˘ [more details].

September 1999: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Somegor˘ plays the roles of Inugami Hy˘bu and Koheiji [casting].

April 2005: release of Takita Y˘jir˘'s movie "Ashura-j˘ no Hitomi", in which Somegor˘ plays the role of Wakuraba Izumo.

October 2005: release of Kurotsuchi Mitsuo's movie "Semishigure", in which Somegor˘ plays the role of Maki Bunshir˘.

November 2008: for the very first time in Kabuki history, a novel of Edogawa Rampo is adapted for Kabuki. This play, which is staged at the National Theatre, is based on "The Were-Panther" ("Ningenhy˘" in japanese), a novel with the detective Akechi Kogor˘, which was published in 1934; Somegor˘ plays the roles of Onda Rangaku and Kamiya Yoshinosuke [more details].

June 2009: Somegor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of a shishi cub in the dance-drama "Kadonde I˘ Kotobuki Renjishi", which celebrates the debut on stage (hatsubutai) of his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV.

February 2014: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Somegor˘ plays the roles of Omatsuri Sashichi and Hantoki Kurobŕ [more details].

May 2014: Somegor˘ plays for the first time the 10 roles of "Date no Jűyaku", in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza [more details]; he also performs in "Tsuri Onna" and the rarely-staged drama "Rosei no Yume". These roles were the privilege of the star Ichikawa Ennosuke III, who revived them for the first time in April 1979 and performed them in 9 productions from 1979 to 1999. In the 2010s, it was staged 3 times with Ichikawa Ebiz˘ in the 10 roles, in January 2010 and August 2012 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, and in May 2013 at the Minamiza [Somegor˘'s interview].

November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira; Somegor˘ plays for the first time the prestigious role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII is a talented tachiyaku/nimaime actor of the K˘raiya guild. He will take the name of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X in January and February 2018 at the Kabukiza in a second K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei: his father and his son will become Matsumoto Haku˘ II and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII.

Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII playing the role of Kinugawa Taniz˘ in the "Hanamizubashi" scene of the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2009) all rights reserved)

The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors

 
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