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Festival 2008/Japanese Dramas
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Pandora / Total 8 Episodes
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WOWOW
From Apr.2008
Yasunori Aoki
Hisao Ogura
Shunsaku Kawake
Yoshinori Kobayashi
Setsuro Wakamatsu
Hisao Ogura
Yumiko Inoue
Cast
Hiroshi Mikami
Toshiro Yanagiba
Manami Konishi
Mitsuki Tanimura
Koji Yamamoto
Takehiko Ono
Mitsuru Hirata
Jun Kunimura
Pandora
Synopsis
Nowadays, one in three Japanese dies of cancer. It is one of the biggest threats to human life. A cancer drug, if developed, would be a treasure for mankind. However, the greater the discovery, the greater would be the quarrel over it no matter what it takes. It would also bring about population increase and an aging society, as well as other issues of housing, health care and pensions. Politics would be thrown into such chaos, it may even result in an outbreak of war. Eradication of cancer should be an ardent wish for human beings, however, would it really be welcomed if such a miracle drug was discovered? An internist at a university hospital discovers a wonder drug for cancer after 18 years of research. Nobody takes him seriously at first, but his life is turned upside down as soon as the discovery is accepted as real. The dean of the medical school and other doctors attempt to claim credit, while pharmaceutical companies sense profit-making opportunities and move in. Although he genuinely wants to eradicate cancer, his wonder drug raises a fierce storm which engulfs him as well.
Single Drama
Points and Lines
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TV Asahi
Nov. 24 & 25 2007
Fumio Igarashi
Kazuhiko Fujimoto
Kan Ishibashi
Yo Takeyama
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Beat Takeshi
Katsunori Takahashi
Rina Uchiyama
Nenji Kobayashi
Etsuko Ichihara
Isao Hashizume
Naoto Takenaka
Yui Natsukawa
Toshiro Yanagiba
Points and Lines
Synopsis
The first dramatization for TV of Seicho Matsumoto's timeless masterpiece, which was claimed impossible to adapt to screen! An exquisite and dignified work where the early 1960s are faithfully recreated and played by a star-studded cast led by Beat Takeshi. The original work was a pioneer of a mystery based on train timetables, which has been turned into a true human drama beyond the category of a mystery. Jutaro Torikai (Beat Takeshi), a detective, and his young partner Mihara (Katsunori Takahashi) hold firm in their belief and discover the unaccounted four minutes which was the only time when platform 15 could be seen from platform 13. The pair painstakingly investigate the riddle of the alibi and find the killer.
Award by Category
Kids & Youth Drama
PHONE BRAVER SEVEN
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TV TOKYO
2008 Apr.-OA
Kimitaka Goka
Katsuji Morishita
Takashi Miike
Atsuhiro Tomioka
Cast
Masataka Kubota
Kanji Tsuda
Yuko Ito
Satoshi Matsuda
Yoko Mitsuya
Nao Nagasawa
Hiromasa Taguchi
Noriko Watanabe
Mickey Curtis
Hiroshi Katsuno
PHONE BRAVER SEVEN
Synopsis
The story takes place in Japan in the near future. Behind the multiplying networks filled with information, cyber-terrorists are threatening people's lives. It is the task of Under Anchor, a group of specialists, to fight them. A walking mobile phone "Phone Braver Seven" and a high school boy, Keita Amishima, solve various problems with their knowledge and friendship and put their lives on the line to prevent crimes plotted by terrorists. An internationally-acclaimed director, Takashi Miike, oversees the series, while each episode is directed by leading Japanese directors, such as Syusuke Kaneko and Norio Tsuruta. Highlights include participation of directors from varied genres, for example, Mamoru Oshii and Kunihiko Yuyama from the anime world.
Kids & Youth Drama
Last Friends
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Fuji TV
2008 Apr.-#11
Toshiyuki Nakano
Yusuke Kato
Mizuki Nishizaka
Taeko Asano
Cast
Masami Nagasawa
Juri Ueno
Eita
Asami Mizukawa
Ryo Nishikido
Last Friends
Synopsis
Various social issues of the modern era are squarely dealt with, such as domestic violence, sexless relationships and gender mismatch, and young people who are unsure of romantic relationships are portrayed as they learn to live positively by their own values. Adolescents with problems serious enough to contemplate suicide come to a shared house where they discover friendship and value of relating to each other. Based on a triangular relationship, the deep seated and shocking problems of their own and of those around them are gradually revealed, and the minds of young people that fear solitude but seek warmth are depicted while searching for an answer to difficult questions of life.
Family Drama
Saitou-san
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NTV
2008 Jan.-#11
Norihiko Nishi
Takeshi Sato
Mitsuru Kubota
Hitoshi Iwamoto
Hideo Tsuchida and Others
Cast
Arisa Mizuki
Mimura
Kuranosuke Sasaki
Arata Furuta
Reiko Takashima
Saitou-san
Synopsis
Mrs. Saitou lives in Tokyo with her only son whilst her husband is posted overseas. She doesn't belong to a group, seek attention, or fear isolation, and speaks her mind about what is wrong is wrong. As a result she is shunned by her neighbors and other mothers at kindergarten. Then she meets another mother at the kindergarten, Mrs. Mano, who is completely opposite to her. Following that, Mrs. Saitou's way of life gradually starts to influence the people around her. This is a social drama about a way of life of a woman who stands up to the failings of the world which can easily be missed whilst opportunism prevails nationwide. The original comic "Saitou-san" by Yua Oda is being serialized in a monthly comic magazine "Office You".
Costume Drama
Princess Atsu
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NHK
2008 Jan.-OA
Motohiko Sano
Yotaro Yashiki
Mineyo Sato
Ken Okada
Kumiko Tabuchi
Cast
Aoi Miyazaki
Eita
Masato Sakai
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Taizo Harada
Maki Horikita
Izumi Inamori
Keiko Matsuzaka
Kinya Kitaoji
Hideki Takahashi
Princess Atsu
Synopsis
At the end of Tokugawa Shogunate in the mid-19th century. There was a woman who watched the changing times. It was "Princess Atsu", the wife of the 13th Shogun, Iesada. Born in a less well-off branch of the family in the southern country of Satsuma, she rose to Shogun's wife, however it was a checkered life. After her husband dies suddenly, she endeavors to forge a reconciliation between the imperial court and the Shogunate by introducing an emperor's daughter as the wife of the 14th Shogun. However, she is carried along by the torrent of the times to overthrow the Shogunate. Moreover, the main force to overthrow the government comes from her home region. The life of a woman, who faced her fate despite being at the mercy of the times, is passionately portrayed.
Non-Genre Drama
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Fuji TV
2007 Nov.-#11
Ichiro Takai
Katsuyuki Motohiro
Kazuki Kaneshiro
Cast
Junichi Okada
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Yoko Maki
and Others
Synopsis
21st century. Terrorists are engaging in secret maneuvers, and criminal knowledge is easily obtainable over the internet even for non-political petty criminals to carry out an act of terrorism. As the role of the Security Police(SP) diversifies beyond its core task of protecting VIPs with their own lives by acting as a moving shield, a new security agent has been added to the team on a trial basis. He can sense the "blind spot in the moving shield" to preempt an unforeseen situation. Kaoru Inoue, an SP, has a special ability as a result of his childhood trauma of losing his parents in a terrorist attack. Despite being questioned by other born-and-bred agents, he courageously faces the battle with terrorism.