|ICHIKAWA SUMIZď VII|
Real name: ďta Mitsunosuke
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Existence: 1 April 1902 ~ 7 March 1985
Grandfather: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V
Father: Ichikawa Dankur˘ II
Disciple: Ichikawa Mikiz˘ II
1 April 1902: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Hong˘.
7 May 1906: his grandfather Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V died.
May 1912: he made his first stage appearance at the T˘ky˘za, where he received the name of Ichikawa Tomisabur˘ and performed in the drama "Yamatobashi".
1919: Ichikawa Tomisabur˘ took the name of Ichikawa Danjir˘.
July 1924: Danjir˘ became nadai at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza.
2 May 1940: his father Ichikawa Dankur˘ II died.
January 1948: Danjir˘ settled in ďsaka.
February 1949: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI and his nephew Ichikawa Danjir˘ respectively took the names of Ichikawa Jukai III and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza; the new Sumiz˘ played the roles of the wakashu Sodeura Kinnoj˘, Nagasaki Jir˘ Takasada and D˘go Saemon Chikanobu in "Sukeroku", "Takatoki" and "ďmori Hikoshichi".
June 1949: Ichikawa Jukai III and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII celebrated their shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza; the new Sumiz˘ played the roles of Yamazumi T˘roku, Banba no Chűta, Furug˘ri Shinzaemon and the tedai T˘hachi in "Yagyű Matajűr˘", "Shikorobiki", "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata" and "Kirare Yosa".
September 1949: Ichikawa Jukai III and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII celebrated their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; the new Sumiz˘ played the roles of Banba no Chűta, D˘go Saemon Chikanobu and ďe Onitsura in "Shikorobiki", "ďmori Hikoshichi" and "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".
July 1951: Ichikawa Jukai III, Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII and Ichikawa Raiz˘ VIII celebrated their shűmei in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza; the new Sumiz˘ played the roles of Katagiri Shuzen and the wakat˘ Hachisuke in "Kiri Hitoha" and "Toribeyama Shinjű".
3 April 1971: his uncle Ichikawa Jukai III died.
7 March 1985: Sumiz˘ died.
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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