TV Tokyo Drama Special 2018 ~ Kohaku no Yume

Kohaku no Yume

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 5 October 2018
Scriptwriter: Morishita Tadashi (Iryu Sousa Seasons 4 – 5, Ishikawa Goemon, Saikyou no Futari)
Original Work: Kohaku no Yume Shosetsu Torii Shinjiro by Ijuuin Shizuka
Genre: Semi-biographical
Cast: Uchino Masaaki, Dan Rei, Namase Katsuhisa, Yamamoto Koji, Daito Shunsuke, Taguchi Hiromasa, Kurashina Kana (guest star), Nakamura Baijaku, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ibu Masato, Harada Mieko, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis: In the year 1879, a fourth child is born to Narue Gihei (Nakamura Baijaku), the owner of Narueya, a rice shop in Osaka Senba, and his wife Chiyo (Harada Mieko). They give their second son the name Manjiro. He grows up to be outstanding in his studies. However when Manjiro is 13, Gihei decides to send him out for an apprenticeship. Although Chiyo is against this, Manjiro (Watanabe Ao) listens to his father. Meanwhile, he has a dream of shimmering amber. Manjiro’s apprenticeship is with Konan Risuke (Nishida Toshiyuki), the owner of a drugstore who is very particular about his work and products. Konan has been developing wine which Manjiro takes an interest in. He helps out and the wine is finally ready to be sold. However, Risuke is astonished by the taste of popular wine in Tokyo and discontinues the western wine and spirits department without fulfilling his ambition. Four years later, Manjiro (Uchino Masaaki) who is now an adult, sets his mind on starting a spirits business and swings into action to make Japan’s best wine in order to repay Risuke. He heads to Kobe with a war chest of 100 yen (the equivalent of 1,000,000 yen today) from his older brother Chiezo (Namase Katsuhisa). Manjiro devotes himself to producing Japan’s first domestic whisky and eventually becomes the founder of the country’s biggest wine producer.
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