NHK Drama Specials 2008 (Fourth Quarter)

Saigo no Senpan
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 7 December 2008
Cast: Arata, Baisho Mitsuko, Tanabe Seiichi, Hara Sachie, Maeda Aki
Synopsis: Just five days before the end of the war, Yoshimura Osamu (Arata), a cadet officer obeys the orders of his superiors and executes an American soldier. After three and a half years of life as a fugitive, he is tried as a war criminal.

Bokoihi no Ki
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 13 December 2008
Cast: Kuroki Hitomi, Gekidan Hitori, Uchiyama Rina, Otaki Hideji, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Tanihata Kanato
Synopsis: In the early years of the Heian Period, there lived a couple with an age difference of almost 60 years – the beautiful 23-year-old Kita no Kata (Kuroki Hitomi) and her 77-year-old husband Kunitsune (Otaki Hideji). Then tragedy strikes. Tokihira (Nagatsuka Kyozo), the minister of the left, carries off Kita no Kata. Torn apart from his mother, 7-year-old Shigemoto (Tanihata Kanato) cannot forget her exquisite beauty. In an attempt to cut off thoughts of his mother, the adult Shigemoto (Gekidan Hitori) gets absorbed in asceticism. Can mother and son meet again?
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Hana no Hokori
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 20 December 2008
Cast: Seto Asaka, Sakai Miki, Tanabe Seiichi, Yamaguchi Makiya, Katsurayama Shingo, Ishibashi Renji, Kawai Ryunosuke
Synopsis: Tazuru (Seto Asaka) and Miya (Sakai Miki) are childhood friends. Miya and Tazuru’s older brother Shinjuro (Yamaguchi Makiya) are in love with each other. But when Shinjuro, committed ritual suicide, Tazuru believed he had been jilted by Miya Years pass. Tazuru’s husband, Orinosuke (Tanabe Seiichi) and Miya’s husband Munakata Sobe (Katsurayama Shingo) fight for the position of chief retainer. Miya is the last person that she wants to lose to and Tazuru demands that her timid husband win. At that time, Tazuru saves a travelling samurai who is being attacked by assassins. She is an expert in the short sword. The travellng samurai, Sekine (Yamaguchi Makiya in a dual role) bears a striking resemblance to her dead brother, and carries a secret message that exposes the corruption of the domain. Before long, Tazuru gets caught in the conspiracy of the first chief retainer (Ishibashi Renji)
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