1880's Meiji Japan. It is almost twenty years since the end of the Samurai Era in Japan, one time Tosa Clansman, successful business industrialist, mogul, & founder of Mitsubishi ... See full summary »
2007's Japanese NHK Taiga drama Furin Kazan (meaning 'Wind, Forest, Fire & Mountain' NOT The Trusted Confidant as stated above) contains everything you could want in this type of series- ... See full synopsis »
Ikuo and Tatsuya are orphans. They live at Mahoroba's house which is a child and family services home. At their elementary school, they see Teacher Yuko, who took good care of them like a ... See full summary »
Shimura Kingo fails his duty to protect the life of the Shogun's chief minister, and spends his life tracking down the assassins. However, all but one of the assassins die before Kingo can reach them. Still, Kingo presses on.
The 50-episode annual Japanese NHK drama in 2014 was Gunshi Kanbee (Strategist Kanbee). This series follows the story of Kuroda Kanbee (played by pop star Okada Junichi) through one of the most turbulent periods of Japanese history from the rise & demise of Oda Nobunaga through the reign of the Toyotomi to the Tokugawa ascendancy. Oda Nobunaga is brilliantly played by Eguchi Yosuke (Goemon) while Takenaka Naoto is consistently annoying as Hideyoshi. Ibu Masato (who played Sessai in Fuurin Kazan) is again excellent as the tea master Rikyu. As a key vassal of the ineffectually-led Kodera clan Kanbee's talent for strategising is noticed & nurtured by Nobunaga & Hideyoshi. The series follows the conflicts & intrigues in which Kanbee gets embroiled from Nobunaga's brutal suppression of the warrior monks of Enryaku-ji to Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea.This show is well cast and well scripted and doesn't have to rely (like some of the annual taiga dramas) on unnecessary flannel. While the protagonist is an interesting & engaging character, the series is dominated by the incredible presence of Eguchi Yosuke. Well worth a watch.
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