Upcoming Winter 2019 Dramas

Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic-banashi
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, January 2019
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Kudo Kankuro (Yutori desu ga Nani ka, Gomenne Seishun! Gokuaku Ganbo)
Genre: Sports
Cast: Nakamura Kankuro, Abe Sadao, Ayase Haruka, Ikuta Toma, Sugisaki Hana, Nagayama Kento, Katsuji Ryo, Takenouchi Yutaka, Nakamura Shido, Charlotte Kate Fox, Furutachi Kanji, Pierre Taki, Sugimoto Tetta, Otake Shinobu, Yakusho Koji, Beat Takeshi, Moriyama Mirai, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Hashimoto Ai, Mineta Kazunobu, Kawaei Rina, Matsuo Suzuki, Taguchi Tomorow, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Satoi Kenta, Takahashi Yo, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Shiraishi Kayoko, Ikenami Shino, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Kondo Koen, Takei So, Yamamoto Mizuki, Hiraizumi Sei, Inoue Hajime
Synopsis: Traces Japan’s history with the Olympic games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for viewers before Tokyo hosts the event again in 2020. The first half tells the story of marathon runner Kanakuri Shiso (Nakamura Kankuro), who became one of the first Japanese nationals to participate in the Olympics in Stockholm in 1912. The second half features Tabata Masaji (Abe Sadao), the coach who laid the foundations of Japanese swimming and helped bring the games to Tokyo for the first time in 1964.
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Ie Uru Onna no Gyakushu
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, January 2019
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Oishi Shizuka (Contrail, Second Love, Kazokugari)
Cast: Kitagawa Keiko
Synopsis: Legendary real estate agent Sagenya Machi (Kitagawa Keiko) boasts that there is no house that she cannot sell if it falls into her hands. She solves all sorts of customer problems and sells houses while she is at it. She recently proposed to Yashiro Hajime (Nakamura Toru) and the two of them have become husband and wife.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/ieuru_gyakushu
Related: Ie Uru Onna

Date: January 2019
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Mizuhashi Fumie (Haha ni Naru, Hayami-sensei Kekkon Surutte Hontou desu ka?, Sharehouse no Koibito)
Original Work: Mikazuki by Mori Eto
Cast: Takahashi Issei, Nagasaku Hiromi, Kudo Asuka, Omasa Aya, Dan Mitsu, Kurokawa Mei, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: Oshima Goro (Takahashi Issei), a janitor of an elementary school, becomes a gifted teacher who teaches children that have fallen behind even though he has no licence. Single mother Akasaka Chiaki (Nagasaku Hiromi) opposes formal education in schools during the war and sees the potential in a school to give coaching for a free, well-rounded education. The two of them become a couple both at work and at home, and create new history in the industry in this story depicting a family’s 50 years, set against the backdrop of the Showa to Heisei era.
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Nusumareta Kao ~ Miatari Sousahan
Date: January 2019
Network: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Adachi Shin (Sabori Man Kantaro, Itsuka Tiffany de Choushoku o)
Original Work: Nusumareta Kao by Hada Keisuke
Genre: Detective
Cast: Tamaki Hiroshi
Synopsis: Shirato Takamasa (Tamaki Hiroshi) works for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Criminal Investigation Liaison Division. He is an investigator who relies only on faces to capture wanted fugitives. One day, Shirato sees an unlikely face in the crowd. It is that of Sunami, a senior detective who died mysteriously four years ago. Just when he is about to dismiss this as an illusion, he hears baffling rumours about Sunami. As Shirato investigates the case, both the Public Security Division and the Chinese mafia get into action and his life gets targeted before he realises it.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kao

Kokou no Mesu
Date: January 2019
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Maekawa Yoichi (Last Chance, Akira to Akira, Shizumanu Taiyo)
Original Work: Kokou no Mesu ~ Gekai Toma Tetsuhiko by Ogane Toshihiko
Genre: Medical
Cast: Takizawa Hideaki
Synopsis: Toma Tetsuhiko (Takizawa Hideaki), a surgeon who studied in the US, takes up a position at a private hospital in the countryside in the late 1980s – a time when organ transplant was considered taboo. He takes on difficult surgeries and begins to save the lives of patients, driven by the conviction that the level of medical care given in the countryside should be on par with university hospitals. However, before Japan’s first organ transplant surgery, the medical system strongly adhered to long-standing practices, and is about to get in his way … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kokou

Sore o Ai to Machigaeru kara*NEW*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, February 2019
Network: WOWOW
Scriptwriters: Maki Iwone, Arai Yuka ( )
Original Work: Sore o Ai to Machigaeru kara by Inoue Areno
Genre: Love comedy
Cast: Inamori Izumi
Synopsis: Full-time housewife Ito Kaya (Inamori Izumi) has been happily married to her husband Tasuku for 15 years but they have not had sex for a long time. One morning, Kaya asks if he has a lover. Tasuku’s response is “You have a lover too, don’t you?” It is now out in the open. Through an unexpected turn of events, they end up becoming acquainted to each other’s lover. What will happen to this four-sided relationship between the troubled couple and their lovers?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/soreai

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3 Responses to Upcoming Winter 2019 Dramas

  1. nephilim74 says:

    This is actually the 2019 Taiga Drama

  2. keiko1981 says:

    Swedish new had segment about the filming of the upcoming drama Idaten. Clip starts at 20:50. Can be seen worldwide until August 22nd 2018. What they said that it will air during next whole year in Japan on the channel that equals to SVT (state run channel).= NHK https://www.svtplay.se/video/18692602/rapport/rapport-15-aug-19-30-3?cmpid=del:tw:20180815:ikvall-1930:pla:lp

  3. junny says:

    So happy to see Tamaki Hiroshi in a WOWOW drama! Finally!

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