ICHIKAWA SUMIZď VII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
Ichikawa Danjir˘
Ichikawa Tomisabur˘

Real name: ďta Mitsunosuke

Guild: Masudaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 1 April 1902 ~ 7 March 1985

Connections:

Grandfather: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V

Father: Ichikawa Dankur˘ II

Uncle: Ichikawa Jukai III

Disciple: Ichikawa Mikiz˘ II

Career:

May 1906: his grandfather Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V dies.

May 1912: he makes his first stage appearance at the T˘ky˘za, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Tomisabur˘ and plays a little role in the drama "Yamatobashi".

1919: Ichikawa Tomisabur˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Danjir˘.

July 1924: Danjir˘ becomes nadai at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza.

1940: his father Ichikawa Dankur˘ II dies.

January 1948: Danjir˘ settles in ďsaka.

February 1949: Ichikawa Danjir˘ and his uncle Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI respectively take the names of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII and Ichikawa Jukai III at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

1956: Sumiz˘ plays in Shima K˘ji's movie "Zangiku Monogatari".

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

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Sumiz˘ plays the role of Matsui Gengo [casting].

April 1971: his uncle Ichikawa Jukai III dies.

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Sumiz˘ plays the role of Yamazumi Goheita [casting].

January 1980: Sumiz˘ takes part in the first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

March 1980: Sumiz˘ receives the National Theatre Excellence Prize (Kokuritsu Gekij˘ Yűshűsh˘) for his performance in the role of Gunsuke in the drama "Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami".

August 1980: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa"; Sumiz˘ plays the role of the owner of the Naniwa chaya Kawakyű [casting].

Comments:

Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII was a good supporting tachiyaku actor. He was born in T˘ky˘ but joined the Kamigata Kabuki after WW2. He gradually rose in the hierarchy and finally entered the first league of actors. He became a talented oyajigata in his latter years. His best roles were Sagisaka Bannai in the third and seventh acts of "Kanadehon Chűshingura", Shibata Jűdayű in "Banch˘ Sarayashiki" and Taira no Kenj˘ Naokata in "Sodehagi Saimon".

The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors

 
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