|FUJIKAWA HACHIZď III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Happo
Existence: 1778 ~ 28th day of the 5th lunar month of 1805
Great-grandfather: Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ I
Grandfather: Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II
Father: Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II
1778~1795: born in ďsaka. His first stage name is Fujikawa Hachitar˘ II and he starts his career in kodomo shibai, where he becomes quite popular.
9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1787: his father Fujikawa Hachiz˘ II dies.
11th lunar month of 1795: he becomes zamoto and takes the name of Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III at the Kado no Shibai, producing Chikamatsu Tokuz˘'s kaomise drama "Ichiban Yari T˘kai Suzuri", in which he plays the role of the yakko Yatsuhei; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi II, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Koroku III, Nakayama Bungor˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Mimasu Matsugor˘ I, Yamamura Giemon II, Yamamura Tomoemon I and Asao Sennosuke.
4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", produced by Hachiz˘ and written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Hachiz˘ plays the role of Sengoku Gonbŕ [more details].
12th lunar month of 1796: Hachiz˘ produces plays at the Kado no Shibai the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", in which he plays the role of Nan Yohŕ; the same play is staged with the same casting in the 4th lunar month of 1797 in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.
9th lunar month of 1804: final performance in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai for the Edo star Segawa Rok˘ III, who plays the prestigious role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami"; Hachiz˘ is his stage partner for the role of Yokanpei [illustration].
1st lunar month of 1805: Hachiz˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakamura Utaemon III.
4th lunar month of 1805: Hachiz˘ plays the role of Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which is produced by Arashi Torasabur˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; his stage partners are Arashi Kichisabur˘ II (Sasaki Moritsuna and Miuranosuke), Kan˘ Minshi I (Kagaribi), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Mimy˘) and Morita Kan'ya IX (H˘j˘ Tokimasa). The same play is performed with the same casting in the 5th lunar month in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. Hachiz˘ suddenly falls ill while he is on stage. He retires but can't recover and dies the 28th of May.
Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III was popular and promising ďsaka actor, who made all his career in Kamigata from the beginning of the 1780s to the middle of the 1800s. He excelled in yakko and otokodate roles. He was said to be more at ease in sewamono than in jidaimono. He unfortunately died too young.
Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III
The Fujikawa Happo line of actors
The Fujikawa Hachiz˘ line of actors
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