|ONOE KIKUNOSUKE II|
Real name: Terashima Hidesaku
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 1868 ~ 28 June 1897
Adoptive father: Onoe Kikugor˘ V
1868: born in Edo in the district of Muk˘jima.
1870: he was adopted by Onoe Kikugor˘ V.
3rd lunar month of 1871: he made his debut at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Onoe Kikunosuke II.
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Kikunosuke played the role of the yakko Shigez˘ [casting].
February 1885: Kikunosuke took part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Kikunosuke played the role of K˘bŕ's daughter Oyuki [casting].
1886: quarrel with his adoptive father Onoe Kikugor˘ V.
February 1887: he took the name of Onoe Sh˘k˘ in ďsaka, where he tried to give a boost to his career.
September 1890: Sh˘k˘ played at the Kitaza the role of the courtesan Sumizome, in reality the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree, in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"; the roles of Sekibŕ/ďtomo no Kuronushi was played by Nakamura Shikan IV.
January 1891: he went back to T˘ky˘, where he became reconciled with his adoptive father Onoe Kikugor˘ V. He took back the name of Onoe Kikunosuke II.
February 1897: Kikunosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Nishikawa S˘zabur˘, Nishio Kazuenosuke and Oshizu in the drama "Gojűsan Tsugi ďgi no Shukuzuke". He also played the role of Ono no Komachi in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To". His stage partners in this dance were Onoe Kikugor˘ V (Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX (Sekibŕ/ďtomo no Kuronushi) and Ichikawa Somegor˘ IV (Yoshimine Munesada).
28 June 1897: Kikunosuke died in T˘ky˘; his tombstone was located in the precinct of the Daiunji Temple in the district of Oshiage.
Onoe Kikunosuke II was a promising actor of the Otowaya guild, who unfortunately died at the end of his 20s. His life was dramatized in the novel "Zangiku Monogatari" (literally "Late Chrysanthemums"). In this story written by Muramatsu Sh˘fű, Kikunosuke was openly praised for his stage performances, only because he was his father's heir. Otoku, the wet-nurse of his brother, was the only one to be sincere enough to tell Kikunosuke the truth about his performances but she also had faith in his talent. Kikunosuke fell in love with her, but the possible mesalliance provoked the wrath of his adoptive father Onoe Kikugor˘ V. Kikunosuke left the Onoe clan to try to become an accomplished actor by himself in ďsaka, where he struggled for a long time. Thanks to the help of Otoku, he finally became a famous actor and regained the recognition of his adoptive father. This novel became a theatre hit (screenplay written by Iwaya San'ichi) and a movie masterpiece, directed in 1939 by Mizoguchi Kenji.
The Onoe Kikunosuke line of actors
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