Shomuni (1998– )

TV Series  |  Comedy, Drama
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Tsukahara Sawako, a newcomer in a big company, starts going out with a superior, only to realise that the latter is married. Due to this scandal, she is demoted to Shyomu ni, a department ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Makiko Esumi ...
 Chinatsu Tsuboi (46 episodes, 1998-2013)
Kotomi Kyôno ...
 Sawako Tsukahara (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Yumiko Takahashi ...
 Rie Himukai (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Keiko Toda ...
 Azusa Tokunaga (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Atsuko Sakurai ...
 Miyashita Kana (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Leo Morimoto ...
 Kouji Inoue (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Katsumi Takahashi ...
 Terasaki (Personnel Department Manager) / ... (37 episodes, 1998-2013)
Mai Hosho ...
 Marubashi Ume (36 episodes, 1998-2002)
Naho Toda ...
 Misono Sugita (36 episodes, 1998-2002)
Kazuyuki Aijima ...
 Eiji Mitamura (35 episodes, 1998-2002)
Isamu Ichikawa ...
 Heikichi Tsuburaya / ... (33 episodes, 1998-2002)
Ken Ishiguro ...
 Tomohiro Ukyou / ... (25 episodes, 1998-2013)
Koichi Hashizume
(24 episodes, 1998-2002)
Toshihito Itoh ...
 Nanicho Nonomura / ... (24 episodes, 1998-2000)
Bokuzô Masana ...
 Kenzo Okano (24 episodes, 2000-2002)


Tsukahara Sawako, a newcomer in a big company, starts going out with a superior, only to realise that the latter is married. Due to this scandal, she is demoted to Shyomu ni, a department for the hopeless. The department consists of 5 basic members. Tsuboi is the leader of the department's girls. Tokunaga is the money-lover and speaker of the group. Rie is the fortune-teller. Kana is the beautiful target of all men. The last is the incapable department head. You could count the cat(s) in as well! It's such an undisciplined department. While the rest of the company looks down on this department, which provides miscellaneous services such as toiletries and facilities maintenance, Tsuboi leads her girls proudly. She squabbles with anyone who insults the department, and comes up with unorthodox plans to deter those who try to wipe the department out. These "untouchables" even save the company from losses occasionally. Based on an original manga, this 12-episode TV series takes a comical, ... Written by Zhe

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Comedy | Drama





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12 April 2000 (Japan)  »

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Power Office Girls  »

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A comedy classic worth the search
23 April 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Popularly known as SHOMUMI, this delightful serial that set the standard for elaborately designed set pieces and a cinematic storytelling style. Deep in the bowels of a Japanese corporation, a group of office ladies have been doomed for any number of faults, personal or otherwise. They cover the range of standard office personalities -- a coldly efficient secretary, a psychic, a sexpot, the naive newcomer, and their leader (Makiko Esumi, the actress from MABOROSI and PISTOL OPERA, a statuesque beauty who shouldn't be crossed. Of course, the secretarial pool (the caste above them) hates them and personnel wants to get rid of them, but their amazing ability to slither out of disasters awes some of the smarter senior managers. It doesn't hurt that the serial has a wonderful musical score (which is available) and a lively visual style that delights even if you don't know Japanese. The subtitled version was apparently shown in NY, and may still be available through fansub channels. It's special enough to warrant the search. It's sequel, simply titled OFFICE LADIES, is widely available as an unsubbed VCD set.

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