FUJIKAWA HANZABURď III

Stage names:

Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III
Yamamoto Shichiz˘
Yamamoto Shichisabur˘

Other name:

Kataoka Nizaemon V

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Sakoku

Existence: ???

Connection:

Adoptive father: Kataoka Nizaemon IV

Master: Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I

Career:

Before 1751: this adopted son of Kataoka Nizaemon IV starts his career as a disciple of Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, who gives him the name of Yamamoto Shichisabur˘. He serves his apprenticeship in kodomo shibai, performing in miyaji shibai around Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Yamamoto Shichisabur˘ takes the name of Yamamoto Shichiz˘ in Ky˘to, performing in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

2nd lunar month of 1753: Shichiz˘ becomes katakiyaku.

11th lunar month of 1754: Shichiz˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the role of Date no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which is produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama is in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1758: Yamamoto Shichiz˘ takes the name of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and the zamoto Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Hanzabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Band˘ Iwagor˘.

Fall 1760: Hanzabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1760: Hanzabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Inoguma Monbei in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri".

1st lunar month of 1761: Hanzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1762: Hanzabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which is produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

Spring 1763: Hanzabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is only one little black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1763: Hanzabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ono no Sadakur˘ and Yakushiji Jirozaemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1764: Hanzabur˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Princess Okitsu and Azai Bansaku in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsunoj˘ III.

20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1764: his master Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1766: Hanzabur˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yamana Kat˘ji in Tenmaya Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Umayadogimi Shitenn˘ji Kuy˘", which celebrates the shűmei of the actors Sakakiyama Sagisuke, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ III and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1770: Hanzabur˘ plays the role of the evil priest Dainichib˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakigake Yashima no Kachidoki", which is produced by Onoe Kumesuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ and Kameya Kumenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1771: Hanzabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, where he plays the roles of the yakko Ichisuke and the chief priest of the Saib˘ji Temple in the new year drama "Keisei ďe no Kishi". He most likely dies in Ky˘to in 1771.

Comments:

Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III was a popular Kamigata katakiyaku actor, who made all his career in Ky˘to and ďsaka from the beginning of the 1750s to the beginning of the 1770s. He was more at ease in sewamono than in jidaimono and had the knack of adding some humor in the villain roles he performed.

Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III (left) and Asao Motogor˘ II (right) playing the roles of Yamana Kat˘ji and Kat˘ji's wife in Tenmaya Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Umayadogimi Shitenn˘ji Kuy˘", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1766 at the Kitagawa no Shibai

The Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ line of actors

The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors

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