The show revolves around Rakugo, a traditional Japanese comedy that can look back on a 400 year long history. It tells about a Yakuza who goes to a Rakugo performer to collect debts, and a talented comedian who tries to change his destiny.
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Series cast summary:
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ...  Ryuhei Yanaka 11 episodes, 2005
Yû Aoi ...  Risa 11 episodes, 2005
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...  Yukio Awashima 11 episodes, 2005
Yôsuke Asari Yôsuke Asari ...  Susumu Murata 11 episodes, 2005
Guin Poon Chaw Guin Poon Chaw ...  Sayuri Yanaka 11 episodes, 2005
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ...  Donburi Hayashiyatei 11 episodes, 2005
Gen Hoshino 11 episodes, 2005
Misaki Itô ...  Megumi 11 episodes, 2005
Kenta Kiritani ...  Takeshi 11 episodes, 2005
Miki Matsumoto Miki Matsumoto ...  Yoshiko 11 episodes, 2005
Tomoya Nagase ...  Kotora Yamazaki 11 episodes, 2005
Tsubaki Nekoze Tsubaki Nekoze ...  Tsuruko Yanaka 11 episodes, 2005
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ...  Shokichi Yanaka 11 episodes, 2005
Jun'ichi Okada Jun'ichi Okada ...  Ryuji Yanaka 11 episodes, 2005
Shôta Shunpûtei Shôta Shunpûtei ...  Donkichi Hayashiyatei 11 episodes, 2005
Tsurube Shôfukutei Tsurube Shôfukutei ...  Ken Nakatani 11 episodes, 2005
Takayuki Takuma Takayuki Takuma ...  Jun Hyuga 11 episodes, 2005
Takashi Tsukamoto ...  Ginjiro Nakatani 11 episodes, 2005
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The show revolves around Rakugo, a traditional Japanese comedy that can look back on a 400 year long history. It tells about a Yakuza who goes to a Rakugo performer to collect debts, and a talented comedian who tries to change his destiny.

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15 April 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tigre y Dragón See more »

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I shall become the GOD of ancient stand-up comedy
14 December 2011 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

You know, I've watched anime for years, and yet I somehow still manage to come across new bizarre aspects of Japanese culture. In this case it's rakugo, a kind of ritualized stand-up comedy/storytelling that is the centre of Tiger & Dragon. Basically, the show is about a yakuza tough's attempt to turn straight through pursuing this art, and all of the wacky people he comes across along the way.

Of course, there's the usual things that make J-dramas a tough sell for Western audiences: the rapid switches between goofy comedy and intense drama, the over-the-top acting, and the everpresent "EHHHHHH?!" (There are some great ones in this show). In Tiger & Dragon there's also the somewhat contrived episode structure, where the characters' personal problems always end up being similar to a rakugo story he's learning. But there's also a kind of genuine heart to Tiger & Dragon, that doesn't come across as overly sentimental. The show's generally light-hearted atmosphere helps to make the dorama goofiness part of the fun, not something you have to fight past.

In the end, this isn't the greatest show in the world, but if you're looking for something amusing, occasionally heartwarming, and unswervingly foreign, I would recommend it.


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