Oyaji no Senaka


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Sundays, 9.00 – 9.54 p.m. from 13 July 2014


A 10-part omnibus drama by 10 different scriptwriters and 10 groups of actors on the theme of fathers and their sons and daughters.


Episode 1: Kei-san to Hitomiko-san
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 13 July 2014
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi Series, Watashi to iu Unmei ni Tsuite, Starman)
Cast: Tamura Masakazu, Matsu Takako, Masuno Hidetomo, Kimura Midoriko, Kadono Takuzo, Watanabe Dai
Story: Higuchi Keitaro (Tamura Masakazu) and his only daughter Hitomiko (Matsu Takako) live together in an old but well-tended house in the outskirts of Tokyo. Keitaro runs a small lighting shop which deals in one of a kind lighting fixtures. Because his wife passed away when Hitomiko was an elementary school student, he brought her up single-handedly. They call each other Kei-san and Hitomiko-san, and have lived a lifetime together. While he is happy to live with his daughter, he believes things cannot remain as they are. She has to think of her future. Hitomiko does accounting at a small publishing company. She has completely not interest in marriage and is satisfied with her current peaceful life with her father. One day, Hitomiko’s colleague Okuzumi (Masuno Hidetomo) suddenly proposes to her. He has recently divorced his wife and wants to marry Hitomiko whom he has liked for a long time. That night, Keitaro is brought to the hospital with food poisoning and has to remain in hospital. Hitomiko returns home alone and soon suffers from acute anxiety.
Preview: Episode 1 Trailer


Episode 2: Wedding Match
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 20 July 2014
Scriptwriter: Sakamoto Yuji (Mosaic Japan, Saikou no Rikon Series, Woman)
Cast: Yakusho Koji, Mitsushima Hikari, Yamamoto Mizuki, Asada Miyoko
Story: Former pro boxer Aoki Sousuke (Yakusho Koji) runs a boxing gym as he focuses his efforts on sending his 27-year daughter Makoto (Mitsushima Hikari) to the boxing olympics. Father and daughter have been following the goal of winning the gold medal at the olympics with a singleness of purpose since she was small. Once Makoto became an adult and fell in love, Sousuke would interfere with everything. Although Makoto rebels against her father, she has given up the pleasures of youth and being an ordinary girl, and trains diligently. Makoto’s mother Sachiko (Asada Miyoko) lives apart from them, but worries about her daughter and hopes she will stop boxing. Sousuke has a girlfriend, Takashiro Arisa (Yamamoto Mizuki), who is younger than Makoto, and keeps this a secret from his daughter. However, on the day before the trials, Makoto comes back home to the gym from training camp and her father is not in. Sensing something amiss, she goes in search of Sousuke and discovers Arisa’s existence. When she questions her father, he says he has even promised marriage to Arisa. Makoto who has been devoted to boxing vents her anger and presses him to part with Arisa. Sousuke breaks up with Arisa. Father and daughter resume training again but on the day of the trials … …


Episode 3: Nagori Yuki
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 27 July 2014
Scriptwriter: Kuramoto Sou (Kaze no Garden, Haikei, Chichiue-sama, Yasashii Jikan)
Cast: Nishida Toshiyuki, Kimura Tae, Mitsuishi Ken, Ichikawa Mikako, Nakajima Hiroko, Nashimoto Kenjiro, Megumi, Hirose Suzu, Osugi Ren, Tayama Ryosei, Orimoto Junkichi, Yuki Saori, Kobayashi Nenji
Story: 70-year-old Koizumi Kinjiro (Nishida Toshiyuki), the president of the metal processing company Izukin, left his hometown of Toyama for Tokyo at the age of 16 and built up the company in one generation. A party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Izukin’s founding is coming up and Kinjiro is absorbed in preparations. As the person initiating the plan and proceedings, he is fully occupied practicing his speech and checking the guest list. It will be the big stage for him to showcase the hardships he overcame and the success he accomplished in his lifetime. However, all the programmes that Kinjiro had thought of, have been removed from the timetable of proceedings by Kinichi (Mitsuishi Ken), his eldest son and managing director, and Ippei (Nashimoto Kenjiro), his son-in-law and executive director, and the screening of a documentary made by Minami Hiroshi (Osugi Ren), Kinjiro’s classmate from Toyama, has also been cut. An angry Kinjiro says he is cancelling the party and vanishes. His worried wife Akiko (Yuki Saori) puts in call to someone who may have a clue, but there is no news of Kinjiro. She cannot notify the police because there is also the party so she consults Kinjiro’s classmate and former Tokyo Metropolitan Police detective Otsuka Kihei (Kobayashi Nenji), but … …


Episode 4: Haha no Himitsu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 3 August 2014
Scriptwriter: Kamata Toshio (Last Dinner, Keiji Teinen)
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Nakamura Kankuro, Tomosaka Rie, Kanno Misuzu
Story: Asakura Kenzo (Watase Tsunehiko) and Shinsuke (Nakamura Kankuro) are a father-son pair who have lived with ill feelings for a long time. Shinsuke, an auditor turned organic vegetable farmer, has not heard from his father since the death of his mother (Kanno Misuzu). One day, Kenzo suddenly invites Shinsuke to make a pilgrimage around temples in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture which issue amulets, and Shinsuke is bewildered. He has not the slightest idea what has made his father, with whom he has been estranged for all this time, say this. In the first place, Kenzo, an anti-establishment activist, had participated in student movements from his earlier years. Even after that, he was more passionate about social change than his own family. Shinsuke had rebelled against his father for neglecting his mother and became obsessed with his own family’s happiness. A gulf also sprang up between Kenzo and his wife Yukie and this was not bridged until Yukie’s death. With her passing, Kenzo sold off the house they had been living in and started a business in Shikoku while Shinsuke did not meet his father. Given a push by his wife Kanako (Tomosaka Rie), Shinsuke decides to set out on the journey with Kenzo, but does not know what he should say. The pilgrimage is like one between strangers rather than father and son. But the two of them soon start to discuss feelings for Yukie which they have kept to themselves … …


Episode 5: Dobuko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 10 August 2014
Scriptwriter: Kizara Izumi (Q10, Sexy Voice & Robo, Nobuta o Produce)
Cast: Horikita Maki, Endo Kenichi, Mizobata Junpei, Tanimura Mitsuki, Yakushimaru Hiroko
Story: Marui Mifuyu (Horikita Maki) is a straight-talking police officer whose father Tadashi (Endo Kenichi) is an actor specialising in bad guy roles. Tadashi takes pride in his profession and puts his all into every role. She has been called Dobuko by friends since elementary school because of her father’s successful role as ‘Dobu Nezumi’. One day, Mifuyu’s childfriend and fellow police officer Sasaki Masaru (Mizobata Junpei) suddenly declares that he is breaking off their friendship. He has been told by his jealous fiancee Shizuka (Tanimura Mitsuki) not to be friends with Mifuyu or to let her attend their wedding ceremony. Several days later, Tadashi summons Masaru from the police precinct behind his daughter’s back. His purpose is to object to Masaru’s one-sided talk about breaking up. Mifuyu learns about this and is indignant. She accuses her father of meddling that he should not have done. However, on the way back home, Tadashi who had been playing with a child suddenly collapses. Thinking that her father is putting on an act like always, Mifuyu ignores him. However, he remains unconscious. Mifuyu freezes for a moment, then calls for the ambulance. But … …


Episode 6: Chichi no Saikon, Musume no Rikon
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 17 August 2014
Scriptwriter: Hashibe Atsuko (Boku no Ita Jikan, Osozaki no Himawari, Bull Doctor)
Cast: Ono Machiko, Kunimura Jun, Kiritani Kenta, Nakada Yoshiko, Honda Hirotaro, Ito Masayuki
Story: Yoshizaki Norihisa’s (Kunimura Jun) wife died of illness four years ago. After he retired from the company he worked for, he found another job although his dissatisfaction with work has been piling up. Yoshizaki’s only daughter, Sugimoto Nanami (Ono Machiko), has already left home and works for a credit union. She has gone through life doing her father’s bidding and only marriage to struggling actor Daigo (Kiritani Kenta) was her own decision. That said, Nanami has been supporting the household finances because Daigo moves from one part-time job to another, and she is starting to feel stuck in her marriage. At the memorial service for his late wife, Yoshizaki meets Nanami again after a long while. He tells his daughter that he has resigned from his present company. She is astounded and wants to know what he will do in the future. However, he declares “searching for a marriage partner” as if he had just thought of it. On the other hand, Yoshizaki senses that things are strained between Nanami and Daigo, and questions her, but she dodges the issue. Even so, Yoshizaki worries about her life. The two of them soon get into a heated argument. Shortly after that, Nanami sees her father together with Okamiya Yoshiko (Nakada Yoshiko), a widow whom he met at a matchmaking party. Moreover, the two of them have plans to go to a hot spring. Learning that their destination is the hot spring inn which her mother had wanted to go to, Nanami … …


Episode 7: Yoroshikuna, Musuko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 24 August 2014
Scriptwriter: Yamada Taichi (Toki wa Tachidomaranai, Quilt no Ie, Arifureta Kiseki)
Cast: Watanabe Ken, Higashide Masahiro, Yo Kimiko, Sasano Takashi, Shibata Rie
Story: Togawa Yusuke (Higashide Masahiro) worked at a company but resigned for some reason and now works part-time at a convenience store. Late one night, a robber shows up at the store. The middle-aged woman (Shibata Rie) wears a mask and thrusts a kitchen knife at him. However, she loses her nerve about the robbery and is unable to order Yusuke to take out the money. Seeing this, Takamura Koji (Watanabe Ken), the only customer in the store calls the police, but Yusuke makes the woman promise not to do this again and lets her go free. A short while later, Yusuke is called over by Koji. Koji praises Yusuke for his actions at the convenience store and wants to talk at length. Yusuke wonders if this is all, but learns that Koji was not at the convenience store by coincidence. Koji is a shoemaker who crafts custom-made shoes by himself from the wood pattern to the stitching. He had been a bachelor all this while until he was persuaded to meet Yusuke’s mother Yasuko (Yo Kimiko) as a prospective marriage partner. He fell in love at first sight with her but was rejected all too soon. He could not come to terms with the situation and visited the convenience store in an attempt to take a look at her son. While talking, Koji suggests that Yusuke take over his shoe making business … …


Episode 8: Dagashi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 31 August 2014
Scriptwriter: Ikehata Shunsaku (Ashio kara Kita Onna, Saka no Ue no Kumo Series)
Cast: Oizumi Yo, Takahashi Katsumi, Tanaka Tetsushi, Tsukamoto Takashi, Tanaka Kanau, Hino Yojin, Iwamoto Masuyo, Ogino Yuri, Igarashi Hinata
Story: Harube Tadashi (Oizumi Yo) has moved from one confectionery maker to the next. He now works as a contract employee at a big confectionery maker’s sales branch while he devotes all his energy to the research and development of inexpensive candy. Whenever he makes samples, his son Minato (Tanaka Kanau) would hand them out to friends. The favourable responses to his father’s new products make him feel proud. Tadashi has considerable emotional attachment for the candy. Because of that, he would neglect his day job and immerse himself. His disenchanted wife has left home and he often gets into trouble at work. This time, he even has an argument with his superior Ninomiya (Hino Yojin) and is forced to resign. Tadashi starts job hunting, but it is difficult for him to find a confectionery maker that is his ideal. Meanwhile, his older brother Riichi (Tanaka Tetsushi) comes to visit. Unlike Tadashi, Riichi had good results in school, graduated from a top university and inherited the pharmaceutical company which their father Shinzo (Takahashi Katsumi) founded. Shinzo had treated Tadashi coldly, but with his illness taking a turn for the worse, he realises that he does not have much time to live and seems to want both sons to try running the company together. Tadashi rejects the unwanted interference and his father’s proposal. There is a maker of inexpensive candy that even Tadashi respects. It is the family-run Hashiba Confectionery which is small in scale, but has flavours that stand out above the rest. Tadashi brings his sample(s) and resume, and visits the company president, Hashiba Kotaro (Tsukamoto Takashi). However, Hashiba is curt and pays no attention to him. At that moment, Tadashi hears about Shinzo’s death … …


Episode 9: Otousan, Haha ni Naru?!
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 7 September 2014
Scriptwriter: Inoue Yumiko (Chi no Shio, Pandora Series, Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu)
Cast: Uchino Masaaki, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Natsukawa Yui, Hisamoto Masami, Okamoto Azusa, Takagi Serai
Story: 21-year-old university student Shinjo Tatsuya (Kamiki Ryunosuke) is hunting for a job while he works part-time at a pub, but has difficulty getting an informal job offer before graduation. On the other hand, his father Masaru (Uchino Masaaki) had rapidly risen through the ranks at the largest construction company in the industry and now heads the civil engineering department. Tatsuya’s girlfriend Nozomi (Okamoto Azusa) suggests that he try and ask his father about getting employment. Although Tatsuya initially refuses to make use of his father’s connections, he has no way out. Grasping at straws, he visits his father’s company. That is when he learns that his father has retired. When Tatsuya comes home to check it out, Masaru says he voluntarily retired because he cannot get along with his boss. Contrary to expectations, it is Masaru’s wife Emi (Natsukawa Yui) who flares up more than a bewildered Tatsuya when she hears about the sudden retirement. Emi works at an apparel manufacturer and on this day, she was sounded out about a promotion to the important role of a brand manager. She had just declined the role because it would be difficult for her to juggle work and household chores. Masaru is scolded by his wife and son. He decisively proclaims that he will fill in for her and “become a househusband”. In his mind, a life with three meals, a nap and watching as much TV as he pleases should have be waiting for him. But reality is not that easy for this workaholic who had neglected the family and relied on his wife to do all the housework and raise their son. Masaru struggles with cleaning, washing and cooking. However, interacting with the housewife Yoneda Seiko (Hisamoto Masami), his next-door neighbour is a greater challenge … …


Episode 10: Kitabeppu-san, Douzo*UPDATED*
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 14 September 2014
Scriptwriter: Mitani Koki (Daikuukou 2013, Sutekina Kakushidori, Waga Ie no Rekishi)
Cast: Kobayashi Takashi, Yoshida Yo, Suda Ryuga, Horiuchi Keiko, Seto Catherine, Akimoto Sayaka, Sakai Wakana, Kinami Haruka, Yashima Norito, Kohinata Fumiyo
Story: Struggling actor Kitabeppu (Kobayashi Takashi) is separated from his wife (Yoshida Yo) and lives with his 8-year-old son Torao (Suda Ryuga). He has been undergoing cancer treatment at a university hospital. However, his condition does not improve. Kitabeppu’s physician (Kohinata Fumiyo) tells him that he will monitor his condition while he carries on with the treatment, but will this method actually save his life? To Kitabeppu, death from cancer is impermissible. As he is about to leave the hospital after treatment that day, a member of a drama film crew (Akimoto Sayaka) calls out to him. She says they are filming at this hospital. But she leaves behind a white doctor’s coat that was used in the filming. Kitabeppu goes after her in an attempt to give the forgotten coat to her. That is when he catches sight of his son. Torao explains that his teacher (Seto Catherine) brought him to the hospital because he hurt himself during physical education class. However, Torao is the one who is surprised. He wonders what his father is doing at the hospital. Kitabeppu quickly puts on the white coat and lies that he is working at the hospital. Torao, who had not known his father’s occupation all along, looks at him with respect and asks for a tour of the hospital. Getting into the character of a doctor, Kitabeppu takes his son and starts to walk within the hospital with his head held high … …

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