TV Asahi Drama Special 2016 ~ Hissatsu Shigotonin 2016


Date: From 9.00 p.m., 25 September 2016
Scriptwriter: Terada Toshio (Doctor X Seasons 2 – 3, Mayonaka no Panya-san, Kumo no Kaidan)
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Matsuoka Masahiro, Nakagoshi Noriko, Endo Kenichi, Wakui Emi, Namase Katsuhisa, Chinen Yuri, Nogiwa Yoko, Terajima Susumu, Taguchi Hiromasa, Omi Toshinori, Yasuda Ken, Nukumizu Yoichi, Hamabe Minami
Synopsis: Watanabe Shogoro (Higashiyama Noriyuki) and other assassins know no rest. On this night, their target are the bad guys whom young girls have fallen victim to. Lately, unscrupulous businesses that trick girls into wearing beautiful kimonos to become the models of painters, and exploit them have been flourishing in Edo. However, when Shogoro returns to the place with a fellow constable Yuki Shinnosuke (Taguchi Hiromasa), the next day, a dead body that he does not recall in last night’s “job” is discovered. Continue reading

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TV Asahi Drama Special 2016 ~ Keiji Inukai Hayato

Inukai Hayato

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 24 September 2016
Scriptwriter: Yamaoka Junpei (Sakura, Honey Trap, Power Game)
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Seto Koji, Watanabe Ikkei, Sakurada Hiyori, Fukuhara Haruka, Mizuhashi Kenji, Endo Yuya, Horibe Keisuke, Nukumizu Yoichi, Yamanaka Takashi, Kato Masaya
Synopsis: One morning in mid-summer, a dead man with a knife in his chest is discovered on a park bench. The victim is Shinojima Taku (Yoshikawa Sumihiro), the vocalist of a famous rock band who had made waves after winning a literary prize for his first novel. At the meeting of the investigation task force, Director Tsurusaki (Horibe Keisuke) gets excited to have the murder case of a well-known person. Because Shinojima’s award-winning novel was poorly-received, this gave rise to rumours that his win was rigged and he had received considerable criticism from book critics as well as the general public. Continue reading

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Upcoming Fall 2016 Dramas


Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 3 October 2016
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Chiho (Gonin no Junko, Tatakau! Shoten Girl, First Class)
Cast: Yoshine Kyoko, Namase Katsuhisa, Kanno Miho, Renbutsu Misako, Kora Kengo, Nagura Jun, Tanimura Mitsuki, Momota Kanako, Tsuchimura Kaho, Ichimura Masachika, Nakamura Tamao, Honda Hirotaro, Yamamura Momiji, Mikura Mana, Nagayama Kento, Hiraoka Yuta, Tanaka Yoji, Ishino Yoko, Soganoya Bundo, Miyata Keiko, Horiuchi Masami, Matsushita Yuya, Taki Yukari
Synopsis: Bando Sumire (Yoshine Kyoko) was born to the wealthy Bando family (Namase Katsuhisa, Kanno Miho, Renbutsu Misako, Nakamura Tamao) as the second of two sisters. She loves embroidery and sewing. Once she gets started, she will be so focused that she loses sight of her surroundings. Because she frequently looks like she is gazing vacantly to a casual onlooker as images fill her mind, the people around her worry about what she is thinking. But Sumire is unconcerned. When she decides on something, she will stand firm and follow through no matter what happens. She marries during the Pacific War and gets pregnant, but her husband Norio (Nagayama Kento) soon goes to war. Sumire gives birth to their daughter while he is absent. To make matters worse, an air raid is launched on Kobe just before the end of the war and she loses both the house she grew up in and wealth. As Sumire waits for Norio to come back from the front, she begins to make children’s clothing with her dressmaking skills. Gathering her classmates from her girl’s school days, Sumire rents a shoe shop’s show window and the specialty clothing shop that she started turns into a big hit that is beyond anyone’s imagination.

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Cain and Abel Teaser

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Fuji TV Drama Special 2016 ~ Ichi no Higeki

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 23 September 2016
Scriptwriter: Seki Erika (Doctor Car, Senryokugai Sousakan, Apoyan)
Original Work: Ichi no Higeki by Norizuki Rintaro
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Ihara Tsuyoshi, Tomita Yasuko, Yada Akiko, Moro Morooka, Watanabe Eri, Namioka Kazuki, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: Norizuki Rintaro (Hasegawa Hiroki) is a struggling mystery writer with knowledge of crimes and tricks of all ages and cultures, a brilliant mind and sharp reasoning skills. At times, he even works together with his father Superintendent Norizuki Sadao (Okuda Eiji) to investigate the difficult cases of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division. Although Rintaro is usually outgoing, gentlemanly and upbeat, he becomes completely uncompromising and relentless when deducing something. He believes in justice and cannot forgive crimes and suspects who try to conceal their deeds. One day, a kidnapping occurs in a residential neighbourhood. Continue reading

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Hissatsu Shigotonin Special 2016 CM

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