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Actor: Matsumoto Kōshirō V (五代目松本幸四郎)

Alternate names:
Kinkō (poetry name)
Kinshō (poetry name - 錦升)
Ichikawa Komazō III (市川高麗蔵)
Ichikawa Sumizō I (初代市川寿美蔵)

Lifetime: 1764 - 1838

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Biography:

Kōshirō held this name from 11/1801 to 5/1838. His father was Matsumoto Kôshirō IV (1737-1802). His sons were Matsumoto Kōshirō VI (1812-49) and Ichikawa Sumizō II (dates unknown).

Matsumoto Kōshirō V was one of the kabuki giants, a senryō yakusha, during the Bunka, Bunsei and Tenpō eras. In his 20's he was a tachiyaku actor excelling in nimaime roles like Soga Jūrō Sukenari in sogamono dramas. He started to perform jitsuaku roles from the 11th lunar month of 1798 and quickly became one of the best actors for villain roles, especially in Tsuruya Namboku IV's kizewamono. He had a considerable influence on actors like Onoe Kikugorō III or Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. The kata he deviced for some of the most famous roles in kabuki history, like Gonta ("Sushiya") or Nikki Danjō* ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") are still used nowadays.

This actor held this name from 11/1801 until his death in 5/1838.

"The fifth Kōshirō had a very large nose and his eyes were close together, two facial defects the print artists were fond of depicting, so that this Edo actor is easily picked out in the pictures illustrating the theatre of this time." (Zoë Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Matsumoto Kōshirō V's best roles: Nikki Danjō ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Kō no Moronō ("Kanadehon Chūshingura"), Igami no Gonta ("Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura"), Tateba no Taheiji/Saeda Daigakunosuke ("Ehon Gappō-ga-Tsuji"), Matsuōmaru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Iwafuji ("Kagamiyama Kokyō no Nishikie"), Ikyū ("Sukeroku"), Akechi Mitsuhide ("Badarai no Mitsuhide"), Kudō Saemon Suketsune (sogamono) and Banzui Chōbei.

(*) The mon on Danjō's costume is always Matsumoto Kōshirō V's one.

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Kōshirō V's father was Matsumoto Kōshirō IV (1737-1802). There are no prints yet in the Lyon Collection showing Kōshirō IV.