|ICHIKAWA SOMEGORď VII|
Other name: Matsumoto Kinsh˘
Real name: Fujima Terumasa
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Crests: Yotsu Hanabishi / Mitsu Ich˘
Birthday: 8 January 1973
Great-grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
Grandfather: Matsumoto Haku˘
Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX
Son: Matsumoto Kintar˘ IV
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 Theater 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 Gombei [more details].
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 to 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].
The main mon of Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII
The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors
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