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Festival 2010/Japanese Dramas
The Grand Prix
JIN
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TBS Television Inc.
October 11 - December 20,
2009 11Episodes
Akihiko Ishimaru
Masaaki Tsuru
Yuichiro Hirakawa
Daisuke Yamamuro
Ryutaro Kawashima
Yoshiko Morishita
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Takao Osawa as Jin Minakata
Miki Nakatani as Miki Tomonaga
and Nokaze (dual role)
Haruka Ayase as Saki Tachibana
Keisuke Koide as Kyotaro Tachibana
Kenta Kiritani as Yusuke Saburi
Hiromasa Taguchi as Junan Yamada
Tetsuya Takeda (guest appearance)
as Kouan Ogata
Yumi Aso as Ei Tachibana
Fumiyo Kohinata as Kaishu Katsu
Masaaki Uchino as Ryoma Sakamoto
JIN
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Jin Minakata, a brain surgeon at a university hospital, has a fiancee, Miki, who worked at the same hospital. However, Miki is now in a coma because Jin failed her operation.
One day, an emergency patient is brought to the hospital. It is not a difficult operation, but they find a tumor in the brain that is shaped like a fetus. As Jin was about to remove this tumor, he experiences a severe headache. The operation goes well, but the patient escapes the hospital with a medical kit and the fetus-shaped tumor. Jin catches him but falls down the stairs and is knocked out.
When he wakes up, he finds himself in the woods and sees samurais fighting in front of him. He is almost attacked but is saved by Kyotaro who, as a result, wounds his head very badly. Although Jin still does not understand what is happening, he performs an operation with the kit that the patient ran away with and saves Kyotaro. Kyotaro's mother Ei becomes suspicious of Jin, while his sister Saki is curious to know who this Jin is.
Jin now realizes now that he has time slipped to the Edo period. He desperately wants to go back to the future, but does not know how. Meanwhile, there are people who are sick and dying. Jin cannot just sit there and let them die. Although he does not have the necessary tools, he does his best to make use of his medical skills and knowledge and goes about saving them. Seeing his efforts, the people of Edo offer him a helping hand. Saki, volunteers to become his assistant, Kouan asks Jin to teach him his supernatural medical skills, and historical figures such as Kaishu Katsu and Ryoma Sakamoto make their appearance.
After he meets Nokaze, whose resemblance to his fiancee Miki is uncanny, Miki's photograph starts to fade. Jin realizes now that his medical treatments may be changing the tide of history. He continues treating the patients of Edo, but is it really acceptable for him to be changing history like this?
Best Drama
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Mother
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Nippon Television Network Corp.
K-Factory Inc.
April 14 - June 23, 2010
11 episodes

Yoshiki Tanaka (NTV)
Hisashi Tsugiya(NTV)
Yukitoshi Chiba(K-Factory Inc.)
Nobuo Mizuta(NTV)
Makoto Naganuma(NTV)
Yuji Sakamoto
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Yasuko Matsuyuki
Kouji Yamamoto
Wakana Sakai
Kana Kurashina
Mana Ashida
Machiko Ono
Yosuke Kawamura
Miwako Ichikawa
Atsuko Takahata
Yuko Tanaka
Mother
Synopsis
These tumultuous times of diluted relationships, broken families, unemployment and insecurity about the future have made it difficult for young people to discover a purpose for living. Women, in particular, have taken on diversified roles in society, and it is those roles and lifestyles that have largely been altered. However, no matter how systems or values in the world may change, women possess a certain unwavering dynamism. The natural instinct for women to bear and nurture a child can be said to be divine destiny.
The heroine of this drama is a woman in her mid-thirties who has apathetically lived her life without interest in romance, society or even her own life. Working as an elementary school teacher, she learns that one of her students is being abused at home. Although unable to comprehend her sudden impulse, she decides to kidnap the young, abused girl to bring up as her own. This is where the story begins. During her life on the run, she re-examines her past lifestyle and searches for her path in life.
Pivotal to this drama is the word "maternal." The heroine, who had never awakened to her own maternal side, discovers this instinct deep within herself. This drama portrays how this unexpected discovery stirs feelings of hesitation and conflict, which help her to mature as both a woman and as a person. The purpose of this drama is to provide women with the opportunity to reflect on the lifestyle of women and what makes women happy, to gain confidence and a sense of pride, and to strive to live life optimistically.
(Series Drama)
Class Reunion - The Love Again Syndrome
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TV Asahi Corporation
TV Asahi Corporation/ MMJ
April - June, 2010
54min X 9 episodes

Tetsuya Kuroda
Mayumi Shimizu
Meiji Fujita
Nobuyuki Takahashi
Jun Akiyama
Yumiko Inoue
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Hitomi Kuroki
Katsunori Takahashi
Yuki Saito
Hiroshi Mikami
Class Reunion - The Love Again Syndrome
Synopsis
Former junior high school pupils meet again at a class reunion after 30 years. Tomomi is now an ordinary mother and housewife. Sugiyama is a Metropolitan Police detective, married with children. Yoko is living quite the celebrity life as the wife of an entrepreneur. Okubo is a chief editor of a weekly magazine. The close friends appear to be enjoying their respective lives. Tomomi the housewife, however, toils part-time everyday to try and cover for her husband being laid off. Yoko the celebrity wife is raising the child of her husband's lover. Okubo's marriage is on the brink of divorce, and Sugiyama also has family problems. And as things would have it, the reunion rekindles the feelings between former sweethearts Sugiyama and Tomomi. In addition, another alumnus couple mysteriously disappears, and the ensuing investigations pulls the four classmates' lives in an unexpected direction, dragging their families with them. In this original story by Yumiko Inoue, the main characters illustrate the inner struggles of 40-somethings. When you are in your late 40s, you don't throw everything out to commit yourself to a new relationship. You cannot fall in love like carefree youngsters. Love as an adult is clumsy and frustrating. At the same time, Sugiyama and Okubo continue to investigate the disappearance of their friends. Both suspenseful and romantic, the drama depicts the reality surrounding "45 year-olds" - romance, friendship, family break-ups and reconciliations, and death - triggered by a simple event like a class reunion.
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Care Worker Gang
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FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.
July 1 - September 17, 2009
11 episodes x 60min

Planning/ Hiroyuki Goto
Producer/ Tadashi Makino
Hiroshi Nishitani
Junichi Ishikawa
Hiroki Hayama
Kazunao Furuya
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Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Meisa Kuroki
Yusuke Yamamoto
Kota Yabu (Hey!Say!JUMP)
Shunji Igarashi
Riisa Naka
Jutta Yuki
Seishiro Kato
Ken Matsudaira(Special Appearance)
Takashi Ukaji
Ren Osugi
Yui Natsukawa
Synopsis
Hikoichi (Tsuyoshi KUSANAGI) is the boss of a yakuza family, "Hayabusa-kai". One day he receives a sudden order from the main branch of his family... only to become a helper at a senior care home. Regardless of this unbearable order, he reluctantly obeys to keep his chance of becoming an executive in the future.
But he soon finds out that he was not the only yakuza working there. At the care home, fights often break out among yakuzas, owing to their aggressive nature. The yakuza helpers soon realize that the senior care home is full of flaws; the yakuzas confront a female president of the care house. The battle between the yakuzas, who might be rough, but sincere, and the female president, who declares that a warm heart is unnecessary in this business, is about to begin...
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RYOMADEN-The Legend
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NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
January 3 - November 28, 2010
45min.X48episodes

Kei Suzuki
Kanako Iwatani
Katsuhiro Tsuchiya
Keishi Otomo
Itsuki Manabe
Kazutaka Watanabe
Yasushi Fukuda
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Masaharu Fukuyama
Teruyuki Kagawa
Nao Omori
Ryoko Hirosue
Yoko Maki
Yusuke Iseya
Shinobu Terashima
Takeru Sato
Yo Oizumi
Yu Aoi
Tetsuya Takeda
Masaomi Kondo
RYOMADEN-The Legend
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Ryoma Sakamoto is one of Japan's most popular historical figures of all time. A master swordsman and innovative businessman with irresistible charm, Ryoma rises quickly from his humble beginnings into a prominent leader who pushed feudal Japan to change into a modern nation. RYOMADEN tells how this legendary hero, in his short 33-year life, brought together two rivaling domains to stand together against the Shogun - ensuring the country's independence despite onslaught from the mighty West.
The Grand Prix
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Running in the Family
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FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.
April 9 - 11, 2009
Part I 115min, Part II 123min,
Part III 145min
Yumiko Shigeoka
Hideki Inada
Hiroko Emori
Keita Kono
Koki Mitani
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Kou Shibasaki
Koichi Sato
Jun Matsumoto
Ryuta Sato
Maki Horikita
Nana Eikura

Masami Nagasawa
Yo Oizumi
Seishiro Kato

Yuki Amami
Sumiko Fuji
Toshiyuki Nishida

Koji Yakusho
Running in the Family
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"Running in the Family,"a three-part special mini-series produced to commemorate Fuji Television Network's 50th anniversary, focuses on what Fuji does best - the family. Written by Koki Mitani, Japan's master storyteller, it recalls the history of one family living in the '"Showa'" era, the years 1927 through 1964.
The '"Yame'" family lived in Hakata, in the Kyushu Region of Southern Japan. Although the family struggled to make ends meet, the father, Tokijiro(Toshiyuki Nishida) never let their spirits down and was the light of the family. One day, the eldest daughter, Masako (Kou Shibasaki) started working at a night club in the Nakasu district in Hakata to support the family. It is here that she meets entrepreneur, Onizuka (Koichi Sato), who was to change the Yame family's destiny. The family relocated to Tokyo and encountered such famous Japanese celebrities as the legendary songstress, Hibari Misora , the greatest pro-wrestler of all times, Rikidozan, and the "Godfather of anime,"Osamu Tezuka.
Through the eyes of the Yame family, the viewers can witness historical events that shape Japan during this era. The history of the country is also well depicted through the Yama Family's experience. The three-night, eight-hour long drama series was widely viewed in Japan, garnering an average 20.3% viewership.
Best Drama
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Embrace of the Rain
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The icon
May 27, 2010
1 episode

Yoshiki Tanaka (NTV)
Atsushi Sato(NTV)
Akira Shimura(The icon)
Masahiro Mori(The icon)
Nozomu Amemiya (NTV)
Taichi Yamada
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Ken Watanabe
Yui Natsukawa
Goro Kishitani
Misako Tanaka
AKIRA (EXILE)
Umika Kawashima
Hisashi Igawa
YOU
Embrace of the Rain
Synopsis
In the corner of Tokyo is a town called Kamata that is crowded with small factories. A financially-troubled factory, Akikawa Seiki, receives an unexpected, challenging offer from overseas to hand-manufacture propellers for wind generators. Experienced factory worker Kiichi (Goro Kishitani), who has confidence in his skills, suffers a cerebral embolism and is hospitalized on the same day.
Facing the threat of bankruptcy, Kiichi's wife Sakura (Yui Natsukawa) grasps at straws and in a desperate attempt to save the company, visits her former boyfriend Souhei (Ken Watanabe). Twenty years ago, Souhei worked at Akikawa Seiki as the most skilled worker, overshadowing even Kiichi. However, as Kiichi was to inherit the factory, Sakura chose to marry him, leaving Souhei to quietly quit the factory. Now Souhei lives happily in the suburbs with his wife Mari (Misako Tanaka) and daughter Yukina (Umika Kawashima) while working at a home improvement center.
Souhei is shaken by Sakura's abrupt visit, after not seeing her for two decades. Hearing her ask for his help, Souhei struggles internally, but his professional spirit is lit and he agrees to help. Sakura and Souhei slowly move forward the frozen hands of time. Compared to their teens or 20s, there is more at stake in their complex lives, filling them with feelings of agony, relinquishment and hidden guilt.
The young worker, assigned to finding an alternative to manually manufacturing wind propellers, contacts her to proudly announce, '"I succeeded with the computer!'"
No longer having a reason to meet, the two go on a last date to Kamakura, a place filled with memories of their past. No one could know of this forbidden tryst. The rain was falling softly in Kamakura...
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Shoe-shine boy
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TV TOKYO Corporation
TV TOKYO Corporation
/ TOHO. CO., LTD.
March 24, 2010
112min

Jiro Asada
Osamu Ogawa
Tatsuya Yamaga
Kan Ishibashi
Toshio Kamata
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Toshiyuki Nishida
Toshiro Yanagiba
Narumi Yasuda
Kimiko Yo
Yukiko Hoshi
Hideji Otaki
Shoe-shine boy
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Tokyo... a city where numerous skyscrapers grow every day. No one could imagine that there was a time, when this city was a complete burnt out ruin. 65 years had passed since the end of the war... However did the war actually come to an end?
Once a major bank manager of the personnel, Fumio Tsukada( Toshiro Yanagiba), had been told to layoff co-workers and subordinates. Fed up with the job involving people, Tsukada decided to quit his job. Half a year ago Tsukada started to work as a chauffeur for Ichiro Suzuki (Toshiyuki Nishida), the head of food company Akane foods. Spending time with Ichiro, who is seemingly rude but actually very delicate...Tsukada begins retrieve the joy of relating to other people.
One day Ichiro's horse Shoe Shine Boy wins a race. After the race, instead of attending the celebration party, Ichiro hurried towards the expressway underpass in Shinjuku. '"There is an old man who is quite good at shoe shining.'" Ichiro tells Tsukada that he visit this man at least once a week to get his shoes polished.
From curiosity, Tsukada visit this shoe shine Kikuji (Shuji Otaki) with his wife Keiko (Naruimi Yasuda). However, to his surprise, Kikuji did not know anything about Ichiro.
'"I had my shoes polished in Shinjuku the other day'". The day after, Tsukada tells Ichiro. Ichiro barks '"You are just my chauffeur. Mind your own business!'" The reason why Ichiro was angry with Tsukada, is hidden under the mysterious relationship between Ichiro and Kikuji.
Asia Award
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TBS Television Inc.
October 11 - December 20,
2009 11 Episodes
Akihiko Ishimaru
Masaaki Tsuru
Yuichiro Hirakawa
Daisuke Yamamuro
Ryutaro Kawashima
Yoshiko Morishita
Cast
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Takao Osawa as Jin Minakata
Miki Nakatani as Miki Tomonaga
and Nokaze (dual role)
Haruka Ayase as Saki Tachibana
Keisuke Koide as Kyotaro Tachibana
Kenta Kiritani as Yusuke Saburi
Hiromasa Taguchi as Junan Yamada
Tetsuya Takeda (guest appearance)
as Kouan Ogata
Yumi Aso as Ei Tachibana
Fumiyo Kohinata as Kaishu Katsu
Masaaki Uchino as Ryoma Sakamoto
JIN
Our aim in creating this new award is to help successful export of Japanese drama series by having Asian buyers choose the winner themselves. While the '"Tokyo Drama Award'" is chosen by the exporting side with the concept '"Japanese dramas we (the exporters) want to show to the world,'" the '"Asia Award'" will be given to series '"that travel to markets outside Japan,'" directly reflecting the opinions of those who have actually acquired before. With the '"Asia Award,'" we hope to give added international appeal and help winners to be exported successfully. We will also continue giving spotlight to excellent world-standard productions through the established '"Tokyo Drama Award.'"
Local Drama Award
MIERUHI Coming Home
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Hokkaido Television
Broadcasting Co.Ltd.
Hokkaido Television
Broadcasting Co.Ltd.
December 19, 2009
70min
Wataru Fukuya
Masamichi Uresino
Tadahisa Fujimura
Go Aoki
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Ken Yasuda
Sigeru Izumiya
Jun Fubuki
Tosie Negishi
Shunji Fujimura
Ikkei Watanabe
Rie Hagiwara
Hideki Nakano
Naoko Yoshimoto
Satoshi iizuka
Akinaga Toyomoto
Akihiro Kakuta
MIERUHI Coming Home
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A fisherman (Shigeru Izumiya), late middle age, sails out in his boat to catch some fish in the river. Around him spreads a lonely scene that seems a world left behind the times - the riverbed of the Ishikari River, a marsh overgrown with reeds. The river is not as rich as it used to be. The fisherman has been alone since his divorce a long time ago. He has a son, Tsuyoshi (Ken Yasuda), but hasn't seen him for over 10 years, ever since he left hometown to get away from his father. The fisherman is having a romantic relationship with a bar owner (Jun Fubuki), and he even dares to think she might be interested in having him as a husband. Then suddenly, his son Tsuyoshi came home. His father is surprised. Tsuyoshi does not give any reasons why he returned but it seems he wants to live permanently in the house. He also looks very tired. Tsuyoshi nags his father about why he keeps the fisherman job, why he stays in this dilapidated town. It is almost as though Tsuyoshi is blaming his father for all the things that went wrong in his life. Would the riverbeds of Ishikari accept Tsuyoshi, who is psychologically and physically hurt and depressed? A story of a rejected son and his father as they try to live life as they are.
Kakasan-e (Dear Mother)
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NHK Fukuoka
NHK Fukuoka
February 11, 2010
73min. x 1

Yasuo Arita
Takuya Shimizu
Daisuke Habara
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Aki Maeda
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Naomi Nishida
Masahiko Tsugawa
Moe Imada
Youko Tsubouchi
Akira Yamashita
Shinobu Ueda
Yasuko Ueda
Yuuki Senoue
Kakasan-e (Dear Mother)
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In the Southern part of Fukuoka prefecture, out in the suburbs, there is a small town called "Kurogi-Machi," where beautiful river flows and vast tea plantation is preserved. A young aspiring school teacher, Hikari sets off for her temporary post in the elementary school of this town.
In her sixth grade class, there is a student named Aya, who came from the city to live in Kurogi-Machi, apart from her parents for a long period of time. Although several months had past since Aya came to this town, she still seems to have trouble opening up to her classmates and her foster parents. One day, Hikari finds out that there is a parent-child issue between Aya and her mother who works in Hakata city. Hikari who also had problems with her lost mother decides to cheer her up.
Before long, the day of the puppet show, a tradition of this elementary school, was approaching. Hikari attempts to recover the family relationship between Aya and her mother by conducting a masterpiece "Keisei Awa no Naruto" which talks about the love of the mother and child.
個人賞
Best Performance
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Takao Osawa
Takao Osawa
"JIN"
TBS Television Inc.
Best Performance by an Actress

Yasuko Matsuyuki
Yasuko Matsuyuki
"Mother"
Nippon Television Network Corp.
Best Performance
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Teruyuki Kagawa
Teruyuki Kagawa
"RYOMADEN -The Legend"
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Best Performance
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Machiko Ono
Machiko Ono
"Goldfish"
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
"Mother"
Nippon Television Network Corp.

Best Screenplay
Yuji Sakamoto
Yuji Sakamoto
"Mother"
Nippon Television Network Corp.
Best Director
Hiroshi Kurosaki
Hiroshi Kurosaki
"Goldfish"
NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp.

Best Producer
Akihiko Ishimaru
Akihiko Ishimaru
"JIN"
TBS Television Inc.

Special Award

RYOMADEN -The Legend Filming Staff
"RYOMADEN -The Legend"
Filming Staff
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)


Mana Ashida
Mana Ashida
"Mother"
Nippon Television Network Corp.

Best Actor in Asia
Lee Byung Hun

The category created this year is a separate award from the Personal Prize given to the actor of domestic titles, and will be awarded to the actor/actress who has shown exceptional acting talent in a non-Japanese Asian drama.