Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX
Matsumoto Komagor˘ I
Matsumoto Kin'ichi I
Real name: Matsumoto Sei'ichi
Line number: KUDAIME (IX)
Poetry name: Teika
Existence: 31 July 1906 ~ 1 January 1987
Master: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
January 1913: first stage appearance at the Imperial Theater, where he receives the name of Matsumoto Kin'ichi I.
April 1929: Matsumoto Kin'ichi I becomes nadai and takes the name of Matsumoto Komagor˘ I at the Imperial Theater.
July 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki";
Komagor˘ plays the role of Fuyutoshi [casting].
June 1953: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII and Matsumoto Komagor˘ I respectively take the names of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX at the Kabukiza.
The new Yaoz˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki".
November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘",
which is supervised by Mishima Yukio;
Yaoz˘ plays the role of Iruma Akugor˘ [casting].
April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari";
Yaoz˘ plays the role of the shitenn˘ Takat˘ Shir˘ Kaneyoshi [casting].
November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban;
Yaoz˘ plays the role of one of Hayakumo's retainers [more details].
June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza;
Yaoz˘ plays the role of the brothel-keeper Gonbŕ [casting].
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘",
which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu;
Yaoz˘ plays the role of the priest Zangetsu [casting].
July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe";
Yaoz˘ plays the role of Iwaki Hy˘bu [casting].
April 1971: revival at the National Theatre of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage";
Yaoz˘ plays the role of ďsakaya Gen'emon [casting].
February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘";
Yaoz˘ plays the role of Ch˘an [casting].
January 1980: Yaoz˘ takes part in the first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].
August 1980: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa";
Yaoz˘ plays the role of Daimonjiya Jihei (commonly called Sakai no Daiji) [casting].
December 1983: Yaoz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza,
playing the role of Sagisaka Bannai in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX was a good tachiyaku actor, who was able to play a broad range of supporting roles, from katakiyaku to sanmaime,
in either jidaimono or sewamono dramas.
He often played roles like Shund˘ Genba ("Terakoya"), Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu ("Domo Mata"),
Kumasuke ("Irezumi Ch˘han") and Narita Gor˘ ("Onna Shibaraku").
The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors