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Festival 2016/Foreign Dramas
The Grand Prix
(Series Drama)
Here Comes Asa
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NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
September 28,2015 - April 3, 2016
15 min x 156 episodes

Chieko Furukawa"Tosaborigawa"
Motohiko Sano
Toshitake Fukuoka
Noritoki Kumano
Shinichi Nishitani
Shinzo Nitta
Yoshiharu Sasaki
Mika Omori
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Haru
Hiroshi Tamaki
DEAN FUJIOKA
Shinobu Terajima
Takeshi Masu
Tasuku Emoto
Hiroki Miyake
Jun Fubuki
Masaomi Kondo
Aoi Miyazaki
Here Comes Asa
Outline:
Here Comes Asa is NHK’s first morning television drama series to start from Japan’s Edo era.The show follows Asa (Haru), who lived through the turbulent times from the late Edo era to the Meiji era, founding a coal mining company and then a life insurance company before establishing Japan’s first women’s university.Born in Kyoto, Asa is a sumo-loving tomboy. Her older sister Hatsu (Aoi Miyazaki) is quite the opposite, accomplished at the koto and sewing. Asa marries into the family running, Kanoya, a money-exchange shop in Osaka which enters into bankruptcy. With the support of her husband Shinjiro (Hiroshi Tamaki), Asa studies business from Shokichi (Masaomi Kondo), the family head, and also Tomoatsu Godai (Dean Fujioka), known as the father of Osaka’s economy, and starts a coal mining business. Asa works hard, living in the same facilities as the miners at her coal mine in Kyushu.Meanwhile, her sister Hatsu’s family goes bankrupt. Hatsu restarts her life, working with her family on a mandarin orange farm in Wakayama. They work desperately but survive. Asa then ventures into the banking business. Later she establishes Japan’s first women’s university to develop girls’ education. Becoming a college student in her 50s, Asa talks with other female students about Japan’s future and the role of women...Asa was modeled on Asako Hirooka, a pioneer of the times that founded a bank and a life insurance company, and later worked to establish Japan’s first women’s university.The show was well-regarded for its authentic portrayal of Osaka’s culture, customs, and language from the late Edo era to the Meiji era. The attention that was drawn to the location setting as well as Osaka’s revitalization and Meiji culture helped make a significant contribution to the community, which is the mission of this type of program. Many viewers came to sympathize with the drama and at its peak the show recorded a viewership rating of 27.2% (Kanto region on December 4th). The average viewership rating was 23.5% (Kanto region), recording the highest average viewer ratings in this century as the morning television drama series.
Best Drama
(Series Drama)
I'll sure cry someday when I look back to this love
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FUJI Television
January18-March21,2016
54min x 10 episodes

Ken Murase
Michiko Namiki
Yusuke Ishii
Mai Takano
Yuji Sakamoto
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Kasumi Arimura
Kengo Koura
Mitsuki Takahata
Takahiro Nishijima
Aoi Morikawa
Kentaro Sakaguchi
Issei Takahashi
Miyuki Matsuda
Fumiyo Kohinata
Kaoru Yachigusa
I'll sure cry someday when I look back to this love
Outline:
A girl named Oto(Kasumi Arimura) lost her parents at an early age and was raised by her foster parents in Hokkaido prefecture. She was not treated well and was taught to"give up" a lot of things in life.

Ren(Kengo Koura), now works as a shipping driver in Tokyo with a very low salary. He grew up in Fukushima prefecture and was raised by a gentle grandfather who taught him never to doubt others around him. He came to Tokyo to earn money to take back property which his grandfather was seized.

One day, his roommate Haruta(Kentaro Sakaguchi) came back from a long motorcycle trip, with a purse in his hand that he stole in Hokkaido. In the purse, there was an old letter started out with "Dear Oto". Ren strongly felt that he had to return this letter to its owner Oto, so he drove his company's truck all the way to Hokkaido. This incident drastically changed Oto and Ren's life.

Two young characters, Oto and Ren, who both have a painful history still live their life always with hope. This drama emotionally reflects the lives of the two as well as Kihoko(Mitsuki Takahata), Asahi(Takahiro Nishijima), Konatsu(Aoi Morikawa), Haruta, and other characters around them. "Life is hard, but love can put it out of your mind" is the theme of this love story which took place in this unique city Tokyo.
(Series Drama)
Downtown Rocket
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TBS Television, Inc.
October 18-December 20, 2015
120minx1 episode(#1)
85minx1 episode(#10)
75minx1 episode(#2,#9)
60minx1 episode(#3,#4,#5,#6,#7,#8)
Jun Ikeido
"Shitamachi-Rocket"
"Shitamachi-Rocket2"
Hidenori Iyoda
Ryutaro Kawashima
Katsuo Fukuzawa
Takayoshi Tanazawa
Kenta Tanaka
Hiroyuki Yatsu
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Hiroshi Abe
Tao Tsuchiya
Tatekawa Dansyun
Ken Yasuda
Miki Maya
Toshiaki Megumi
Kotaro Koizumi
Mitsuko Baisho
Kōji Kikkawa
Ryōtarō Sugi
Downtown Rocket
Outline:
Kohei Tsukuda gives up a career as a space engineer to take over his late father’s small engine factory – Tsukuda Manufacturing. Though his relationship with his daughter, Rina, isn’t so well, sales of Tsukuda’s small-sized engines are promising. But there is a dream that Kohei cannot give up – to develop a domestic rocket engine.

While overinvest on R&D for developing the rocket engine, sales of small-sized engines start to take a hit and a major client pulls out of business with Tsukuda. Financial difficulties compel Kohei to visit their main bank for a loan, which the bank agrees to - on the condition that Tsukuda halts development of its unrealistic rocket engine program.

Meanwhile one of the strongest companies in Japan - Teikoku Heavy Industries - pushes forward its plan to develop a domestic rocket. As the plan proceeds, Teikoku realizes its valve system has infringed on a patent owned by Tsukuda... What must Teikoku do to get that patent..?
(Series Drama)
The Unbroken
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WOWOW / KADOKAWA DAIEI STUDIO
May 8 - September 25, 2016
50min. x 20 Episodes

Toyoko Yamasaki"The Unbroken"
(SHINCHOSHA)
Yasunori Aoki
Takehisa Tokuda
Yoshikazu Tsubaki
Naohito Inaba
Toshiyuki Mizutani
Kosuke Suzuki
Yoichi Maekawa
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Takaya Kamikawa
Kyozo Nagatsuka
Yui Natsukawa
Jun Kunimura
Atsuro Watabe
The Unbroken
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 A story of how ordinary men and women at a major airline stay true to their beliefs in the face of unprecedented tragedy.

 Hajime Onchi (Takaya Kamikawa) is appointed chairman of the labor union at Japanese flag carrier National Airlines(NAL), pushing tirelessly for workplace reform with likeminded vice-chairman and friend, Shiro Gyoten (Atsuro Watabe). Onchi’s blunt honesty and steadfast focus on public safety increasingly draws the ire of management, and he is demoted to a remote overseas post as a result. In Onchi’s absence, Gyoten – seeking to bring his own ideas for the airline to fruition – ascends the corporate ladder, joining the ranks of those he once fought against.
 NAL’s continued neglect of safety comes to a head with the tragic crash of one of its commercial jetliners. Onchi returns to Japan and comforts the grieving families, while the government appoints textile professional Masayuki Kunimi (Kyozo Nagatsuka) as NAL’s new president in an effort to restore and regenerate the beleaguered airline. Onchi is charged with investigating the rampant corruption at NAL, but standing in his way is none other than former ally Shiro Gyoten, who has worked his way up to senior management...
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We're Millennials. Got a problem?
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Nippon Television Network Corporation
AXON

April 17 - July 19, 2016
55min x 10 episodes

Kyo Ito
Yoko Edami
Nobuo Mizuta
Kankuro Kudo
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Masaki Okada
Tori Matsuzaka
Yuya Yagira
Sakura Ando
Taiga
Haruka Shimazaki
Toru Tezuka
Sayaka Aoki
Yoshiko Nakata
Koutarou Yoshida
We're Millennials. Got a problem?
Outline:
It is said that ever since a reform was made to Japan's educational system in 2002, aptitude levels have plummeted. Students who were in school right at that time have gone off into the real world and are being criticized as "lacking in ambition and competitiveness," as well as "lacking in cooperativeness." Society calls them the "yutori generation" (relaxed generation).

This drama focuses on three young adults who were all born in 1987, the first wave of the "yutori generation." They meet each other through "Rental Uncle," a service that dispatches a middle-aged man to give advice to the younger crowd.

Masakazu is your ordinary 29-year-old corporate employee. He studied hard for his college entrance exams and passed on the first try. He was serious about finding a job and eventually got hired by a food manufacturing company.

Born into a family of educators, there was never any doubt that Yamaji would become an elementary school teacher. Called by the students as "yutori sensei" (relaxed teacher), Yamaji's students are getting low grades and the mothers are beginning to complain.

And then there's Maribu, who was born into an elite family and always got stellar grades and did well in sports but failed the college entrance exams. Ten years later, Maribu is still trying to get into Japan's top university.

A story woven by three young adults and a "Rental Uncle" who at times will make you laugh and at times cry. You'll find yourself completely immersed in this drama that is reminiscent of a challenging survival game!
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Wise and Foolish
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TV Asahi Corporation
as birds corporation

July 24 - September 18, 2015
60min x 8episodes

Jun Ikeido"Tamiou"
(Bunshun Bunko)
Takehiro Okawa
Sayaka Iida
Hisashi Kimura
Keita Motohashi
Daisuke Yamamoto
Yumie Nishiogi
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Kenichi Endo
Masaki Suda
Yuika Motokariya
Jiyoung
Takaya Yamauchi
Seiji Rokkaku
Issei Takahashi
Akio Kaneda
Masao Kusakari
Toshiyuki Nishida
Wise and Foolish
Outline:
This is a comedy drama with a spice of political reality which grasps viewers with its exhilarating storyline of a body swap between Prime Minister and his prodigal son.

Taizan’s dream finally comes true and he becomes Prime Minister while his son Sho leads a hobo life rebelling against his father whose sole interest is his success. But Taizan at the height of his career gets his soul and body swapped with his son.

The chief secretaries at the cabinet are called in to find a strategy to get through the diet, but the only plausible solution they could come up is to let Sho play the role of his father. The hobo son must helm Japan while the world-smart father is treated like a dumb college boy.

Sho makes a fool of himself at official scenes and on TV. He is naïve but truly sincere, and his words slowly start touching the hearts of the people. He causes miracles to happen in foreign diplomacy as well as in domestic politics. Taizan, too, rediscovers his first intention in becoming a politician, a feeling which got lost under partisan interests.

An absolutely exhilarating dénouement awaits as their souls swap back again…
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Free and Easy -The rookie Densuke Hamasaki-
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TV TOKYO Corporation
SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.
October 23 - December 11, 2015
54min×8episodes
#1, #8 120min
Juzo Yamasaki"Free and Easy"
"Free and Easy
-The rookie Densuke Hamasaki-"
(Shogakukan "Big Comic Original"Series)
Shinji Okabe (TV TOKYO)
Futoshi Asano (TV TOKYO)
Hiroyuki Saito(Shochiku)
Etona Takeuchi (Shochiku)
Yuzo Asahara
Nobuhisa Kodama
Katsumi Ishikawa
Kumiko Sato
Junpei Yamaoka
Katsumi Ishihara
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Gaku Hamada
Alice Hirose
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Taro Suruga
Kitaro
Shono Hayama
Ikue Sakakibara
Yoshie Ichige
Masato Ibu
Toshiyuki Nishida
Free and Easy
Outline:
The first TV drama series based on a popular comic series "Free and Easy" published since 1979. During the previous 22 years. 22 films have been produced based on the comic. The story is re-created for TV version, staged in 2015, Densuke Hamasaki, lives at his own pace enters a major general contractor company as a rookie. While the company is enthusiastic about economic boom for the 2020 TOKYO Olympics, The drama comically depicts Densuke, living at his own pace, yet always positive about life, A rising star Gaku Hamada, will take the role of Densuke, and Toshiyuki Nishida (who performed Densuke Hamasaki in the film series) will play the role of Mr, Ichinosuke Suzuki, the CEO of the General Contractor. At work the relationship between Densuke and Mr.Suzuki is "An Employee and CEO" however when Fishing, their relationship completely inverts to "Master and Pupil". As in the film series, the basic setting is funny inversion of hierarchical relation, and "Comedy Cliches"are inserted to entertain all generations. Fishing, working and love affairs...? Wonderful start-up story of the long-running series "Free and Easy" featuring sometimes cheeky? but lovable character, Densuke Hamasaki.
The Grand Prix
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Rakugoka: The Way of the Comic Storyteller
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TBS Television, Inc.
December 28,2015
150min x 1 episode

Tatekawa Dansyun "Akamedaka"
Hidenori Iyoda
Akihiko Watase
Hideta Takahata
Hiroyuki Yatsu
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Kazunari Ninomiya
Beat Takeshi
Gaku Hamada
Daisuke Miyagawa
Nana Seino
Yukiya Kitamura
Teruyuki Kagawa
Lily Franky
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Shōfukutei Tsurube
Rakugoka: The Way of the Comic Storyteller
Outline:
While watching a performance by Tatekawa Danshi, Danshyn decided as a child he wanted to become a rakugo storyteller. Danshi tells Dansyun “I will take you on as an apprentice only if you have your parent’s permission”, but as expected, his parents initially oppose the idea.

When he successfully convinces the parents in the end, Dunsyun comes under Danshi’s wing, but life as an apprentice turns out to be quite hard. While working as a paperboy, he goes to Danshi’s house to provide “personal care” – cleaning his room, doing shopping, chasing off cats and feeding his goldfish - with Danshi inspecting Dunsyun’s performance every time.

One day, when Dansyun is sulking from overwork, Dansyun recieves his first lesson from Danshi, but accidentally makes Danshi angry and gets sent off to be an apprentice in Tsukiji for a year. Dansyun feels demoralized without realizing his master is actually reaching out and showing his love...

This drama depicts 17-year-old Dansyun in his journey to become a rakugo storyteller through the good and bad times with other apprentices under the late Danshi - often described as a “genius” or a “soldier of fortune”. With a star-studded cast, this drama also well portrays the daring life of Danshi who loved and strived for Rakugo more than anyone.
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The pioneers of Japan's economy
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NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
August 22 - September 19,2015
59min×5episodes

Toshihiko Yamamoto
Yukie Okamoto
Shinya Aoki
Ep.1&2:Kenji Tanaka
Ep.3&4:Yoshiro Nagikawa
Ep:5Takeshi Shibata
James Miki
Yoshiko Morishita
Shunsaku Ikehata
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Joe Odagiri
(Ep.1&2: Korekiyo Takahashi)
Sadao Abe
(Ep.3&4: Ichizo Kobayashi)
Kohtaro Yoshida
(Ep.5: Yasuzaemon Matsunaga)
Shousuke Tanihara
Eiji Okuda
Shiro Itoh
Danmithu
Miori Takimoto
Ran Itoh
Hiroshi Tachi
The pioneers of Japan's economy
Outline:
It will be 150 years soon since the first year of Meiji era started to spread modernization in Japan. Since then, Japan had engaged in a few wars and lost everything in World War 2. However, they reconstructed miraculously and Japan is considered one of the world's economic giants.
“Governing a nation and providing relief to people.” It is the origin of the word, “Keizai”, in Chinese classics. This TV drama series relates that sentence to the three Japanese men who built the base of Japan's economy.
The first Japanese man is Korekiyo Takahashi, who is said to be the “Keynes of Japan”, played by Joe Odagiri. In Russo-Japanese war, he collected a lot of money for Japanese military buildup. He is the specialist of national finance who built Japanese economy as a Minister of Finance.
Second is Ichizo Kobayashi, who was the founder of Hankyu Railway, Hankyu Department Store, Takarazuka Revue and so on, played by Sadao Abe. Kobayashi was the incompetent banker and dreamed of becoming a novelist. However, he met a mentor and his life changed drastically. This is his success story.
Last one is Yasuzaemon Matsunaga, who was considered “Ogre” of electric power, played by Kotaro Yoshida. He built the base of electric environment and fought GHQ.
This TV drama series describes those men’s life, which were stormy and full of drama with dream, hope, laughter, tear, and passion. It is a drama series about the pioneers of Japan's economy.
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Through Their Eyes
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WOWOW / ViViA
April 2, 2016
100min×1episode

Takehisa Tokuda
Erika Fujita
Hidemasa Iwashita
Akira Ogata
Kenji Aoki
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Ryo Kase
Erika Toda
Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Mami Kumagai
Yuko Tanaka
Through Their Eyes
Outline:
 Hiroshi Makita (Ryo Kase) is a newly assigned administrative veterinarian at the Animal Welfare Centre. Hiroshi performs his duties diligently day in and day out following the guidelines laid out by Japan’s national laws. The majority of his duties involve putting down unwanted dogs and cats, that were brought into the center for various reasons.He tells himself: “It’s a horrendous job but someone has to do it.” Though he is constantly tormented by a guilty conscience, He understands the nature of his work and has resigned himself to it.
 One day, a seasoned vet Ayako Takano (Yuko Tanaka) gets assigned as a new director of the centre. Upon arrival at the centre, she orders the staff to give a name to each dog and cat held at the facility and then she proceeds to arrange volunteer pet grooming services to clean them up.The staff are perplexed by these new directions and find her new policy irrational and pointless. They even start to resent her wasteful practices spending money and effort towards animals which will be eventually put down. On the other hand,Hiroshi feels encouraged by Director Takano’s determination to change and improve the current situation and starts to cultivate a more positive attitude towards his work.
Local Drama Award
Three Moons
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CBC TELEVISION CO.,LTD.
INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION
FILMS,Inc
October 3rd, 2015
71min×1episode

Masato Horiba
Sayo Otani
Mieko Sakurai
Masato Horiba
Eriko Kitagawa
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Tomoyo Harada
Syousuke Tanihara
Daikichi Sugawara
Gaku Yamamoto
Kaoru Yachigusa
Three Moons
Outline:
This adult love story depicts a woman’s life and love, set on the beautiful backdrop of World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go. “Until what’age can we continue to fall in love?”
Today, women are also able to choose their own way of living, they will think about their life, what it means to live and what is an adult’s love.

A beautiful village in the mountains. Mayu is a wife, a mother and a daughter-in-law. While taking care of her husband and son, she is faced with despair every day as she visits her mother-in-law with a long-term illness. Amidst all this, she meets a man from Tokyo by coincidence and falls in love with him. A secret and illicit love where they understood each other’s hearts. For Mayu, this love was captivating, a love that is one of a kind.
In the midst of this love, time passes and after several years, it had brought her a whole new meaning to life. This is even more so being the forbidden kind of love. When the man invited Mayu to return to Tokyo with him, she must decide whether to stay in her hometown or abandon her home and follow him.
The Indigo Lovers
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Okayama Station
January 27, 2016
59 minX1episode

Shunichi Higuchi
Takamasa Izunami
Shuko Arai
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Hirohumi Arai
Minami 
Yoshinori Okada
Mayu Ymaguchi
Sayu Kubota
Souta Aoyama
Tsurutaro Kataoka
The Indigo Lovers
Outline:
A human story set in Japan's richly poetic riverside district, Kurashiki!

Abandoning his dream to become a Jazz pianist, our hero Kenji struggles as a denim craftsman, falling in love with a wandering artist who has drifted to the city.
However, she has a sinful past she wishes not to reveal.
Kenji is confused between the fleeting buds of his new love and the doubt in his heart.
Through the outcome of their love, they paint a picture of the value of forgiveness by facing and overcoming the emotional scars of the past.
個人賞
Best Performance
by an Actor

Hiroshi Abe
Hiroshi Abe
"Downtown Rocket"
TBS Television, Inc.
Best Performance
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Haru
Haru
"Here Comes Asa"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Best Performance
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DEAN FUJIOKA
"Here Comes Asa"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Best Performance
by an Actress in
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Yoshino Kimura
Yoshino Kimura
"My Dangerous Wife"
Kansai Telecasting Corporation

Best Screenplay


Akiko Nogi
Akiko Nogi
"Sleepeeer hit!"
TBS Television, Inc.

Best Producer


Hidenori Iyoda
Hidenori Iyoda
"Downtown Rocket"
"Rakugoka: The Way of the Comic Storyteller"
TBS Television, Inc.
Best Director
Yuya Ishii
Yuya Ishii
"TARO's CANDY HOUSE"
TBS Television, Inc.
Nobuhiro Doi
Nobuhiro Doi
"Sleepeeer hit!"
"Dr.STOЯKS"
TBS Television, Inc.
Theme Song Award

Aoi Teshima
Aoi Teshima
"I'll sure cry someday when I look back to this love"
Fuji Television Network, Inc.