Date: From 9.00 p.m., 2 January 2017
Scriptwriter: Onishi Kenichi (Bokura Series, Tenshi no Knife, Iryu Sousa Seasons 1 – 2)
Original Work: Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoushi by Saeki Yasuhide
Cast: Yamamoto Koji, Nakagoshi Noriko, Kawamura Yosuke, Fueki Yuko, Ukaji Takashi, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Kudo Asuka, Takito Kenichi, Kanno Misuzu, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Yamamoto Gaku, Tatsumi Takuro, Sato Bsaku, Komatsu Masao, Kondo Masaomi
Synopsis: Master swordsman Sakazaki Iwane (Yamamoto Koji) has an 8-year-old son Kuuya with his wife Okon (Nakagoshi Noriko) and has become a excellent father. He has been leading a peaceful life as the owner of a small training school for swordplay. Then one day, a young samurai shows up. His name is Matsudaira Sadanobu (Kudo Asuka). The current feudal lord of the Shirakawa domain, Sadanobu had been a prime candidate to be the next shogun as a grandson of the eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune. However, the influential Tanuma Okitsugu (Nagatsuka Kyozo) of the shogun’s council of elders is fearful of the young man’s wisdom, so Sadanobu was fostered out to the Shirakawa domain. Sadanobu hopes to become Iwane’s disciple in order to defeat Tanuma. Meanwhile, Tanuma’s close aide learns about the encounter between Iwane and Sadanobu, and sends fresh assassins to attack Iwane and the others. All Iwane wants is for his son to grow up and to protect his family to the very end. But he gets caught up in the political power struggle. Tanuma’s son Okitomo (Takito Kenichi) is attacked within Edo Castle soon after and Sadanobu emerges as a possible suspect in this incident. Believing in Sadanobu’s innocence, Iwane starts to take action … …
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