Date: From 9.00 p.m., 2 January 2016
Scriptwriter: Shiota Chigusa
Original Work: Nobunaga Moyu by Abe Ryutaro
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Ishimaru Kanji, Sato Ryuta, Kuriyama Chiaki, Kitamura Yukiya, Saotome Taichi, Nakajima Yuto, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Watabe Gota, Shiratori Hasumi, Takaoka Saki, Manda Hisako, Terao Akira, Sasano Takashi, Tagawa Yosuke, Matoba Koji, Tsugawa Masahiko, Yamada Jundai, Ikeuchi Mansaku, Kazama Toru, Ebisu Yoshikazu, Kanayama Kazuhiko, Ibuki Goro, Ashikawa Yoshimi, Kawamata Shinobu, Shihodo Wataru, Naito Takashi
Synopsis: Oda Nobunaga (Higashiyama Noriyuki) is an unconventional military commander during the Sengoku Period. Adopting the slogan “All the world with the force of arms”, he has ambitions to subvert all stereotypes including the imperial court which is a symbol of authority, and build a global power to rival Spain and Portugal. Sakihisa Konoe (Terao Akira), an important court noble who heads one of the five regent families, understands Nobunaga well and has had a close friendship with him since young. However, in trying to unite the country, Nobunaga attempts to go over the court and become the ruler of Japan. Alarmed by his actions and desiring to protect the imperial court, Sakihisa steadily opposes him while battling against admiration and intense jealousy. Nobunaga’s general Akechi Mitsuhide (Ishimaru Kanji) identifies with Nobunaga’s vision for the future, but also has a strong reverence for the imperial court as well as Buddhist and Shinto deities. He starts to have misgivings and fear as Nobunaga destroys the existing order and ruthlessly massacres people. Meanwhile, Kajuji Haruko (Kuriyama Chiaki), the wife of Crown Prince Sanehito (Tagawa Yosuke) and mother of six children, decides to approach Nobunaga to protect the imperial court too. However, Haruko who has liberal views, is struck by the difference between her stifling life inside the palace and the freedom of the vast world outside. Just when she is fed up with the life of court nobility, she has a startling encounter with Nobunaga and is steadily drawn to his character. She becomes the only woman who understands the depth of his loneliness and soon falls in love with him. Nobunaga too … … However, Nobunaga will soon meet his end in the sudden assault at Honnoji by Akechi. It is an incident masterminded by Sakihisa who made the decision to assassinate Nobunaga and used the thoughts of Akechi and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Kitamura Yukiya) against him.
Official Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/nobunaga.moyu
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