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Festival 2013/Japanese Dramas
The Grand Prix
(Series Drama)
Ama-chan
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NHK
April 1-September 28, 2013
15min. X 156 episodes

Kei Kurube
Hiroshi Kashi
Tsuyoshi Inoue
Teruyuki Yoshida
Toki Kajiwara
Kankuro Kudo
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Rena Nounen
Kyoko Koizumi
Toshinori Omi
Tetta Sugimoto
Teppei Koike
Ai Hashimoto
Ryuhei Matsuda
Arata Furuta
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Nobuko Miyamoto
Ama-chan
Outline:
“Ama-chan” is a light-hearted drama about a young city girl’s transformation when she moves to the Japanese countryside. Aki, the heroine, falls for country life and ends up helping revitalize her village. “Ama-chan” was written by popular Japanese playwright, Kankuro Kudo, in hopes of cheering up Japan as it recovers from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The story begins in July 2008. Aki Amano, a Tokyo high school student, lives a reclusive life in the city. She heads to the country to visit her grandmother Natsu, a professional ama diver, for the first time. Ama diving is a traditional method of underwater diving done by women to collect seafood. Impressed by her grandmother, Aki believes that ama diving may be her true calling. She blossoms into a new person, brightening up the lives of everyone she meets.
A video of Aki as an ama diver goes viral on the Internet. With her best friend Yui she forms a singing duo. The two become local celebrities and symbols of the village. Tourists arrive in search of them and an “Ama Cafe” is even built. Meanwhile, Aki’s mother, Haruko, and Natsu, have their own issues. The two haven’t spoken for 24 years—since Haruko left in search of fame. Aki learns about her mother’s past, inspiring her to find fame in Tokyo with Yui. The dreams of three generations of women clash. Later, Haruko sends Aki to Tokyo to fulfill her own unrealized dreams.
Unforeseen problems stop Yui from accompanying Aki. Aki is left alone and soon faces difficulties. But, with a help from Haruko, Aki wins a movie part and finds herself on the road to stardom. At last, the dreams of Aki and Haruko are about to come true.
However, on the day before Aki’s debut, the Great East Japan Earthquake hits. Aki decides to return to the village. There she finds the villagers bravely trying to reconstruct their lives despite the damage. Aki reunites with Yui, aiming to rebuild the tsunami-ruined Ama Cafe.
Best Drama
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Carry On! Hara-chan!
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Nippon Television Network Corporation
Total Media Comunication
January 19 - March 23 , 2013
#1 approx.75 min.
#2-#10 approx. 60min.
Takashi Kamikura
Futoshi Ohhira
Hidehiro Kawano
Mamoru Koizumi
Maki Hagiwara
Shintarou Sugawara
Syunsuke Kariyama
Masanori Matsuyama
Yoshikazu Okada
Cast
Tomoya Nagase
Kumiko Aso
Ryuhei Maruyama
Shiori Kutsuna
Kento Kaku
Masahiro Koumoto
Ken Mitsuishi
Kaoru Okunuki
Kayoko Shiraishi
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Carry On! Hara-chan!
Outline:
MS. ECHIZEN (Kumiko Aso) is a timid, thirty-something single female who pours out her daily stress in a manga (comic) that she draws every day almost as a diary. The main character of her manga is HARA-CHAN (Tomoya Nagase), a man who rambles on about his complaints to his friends in an izakaya bar.
However, one day, Hara-chan's world begins to shake, and he learns "God up above is angry”... In a magical warp, Hara-chan finds himself taken out of his two dimensional world and into reality as a true man. Hara-chan ventures out to find “God” and happens to meet Ms. Echizen who is taken aback by Hara-chan, a strange man who suddenly appears before her. Will Ms. Echizen realize that he is indeed the person sketched in the pages of her daily manga and that she has manifested a man? What will be the fate of the two, when Hara-chan begins to fall in love with his so-called “God”… ?
Carry On! Hara-chan! is a fish-out-of-water fantasy with some unique Pygmalion essence that depicts a character brought into the real world and discovers the beauty of what it means to be a human, to live, and to fall in love.
(Series Drama)
Doctor X
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TV Asahi Corporation
THE WORKS
October 18 - December 13, 2012
69min×2 episodes
54min×6 episodes
Satoko Uchiyama
Tatsuki Oe
Kimiko Nishikawa
Naoki Tamura
Hidetomo Matsuda
Miho Nakazono
Cast
Ryoko Yonekura
Kei Tanaka
Yuki Uchida
Masanobu Katsumura
Kousuke Suzuki
Ittoku Kishibe
Shigeru Muroi
Yasunori Danta
Shiro Itou
Doctor X
Outline:
Michiko Daimon is a freelance doctor. She was dispatched to a university hospital that lost a number of doctors all at once because of harsh work conditions.
When Michiko arrives at the hospital dressed like a fashion model, the other doctors cannot hide their surprise. But more than her appearance, it is what she does in the hospital that creates a major stir.
Shortly after arrival, Michihiko criticizes the surgical techniques of the hospital director that is scheduled to perform an operation. She is harsh and points out things most doctors would easily notice. But no one is willing to confront their superiors because of the deep-rooted hierarchical structure of the hospital. As a result, she is forced to do menial jobs because she upset the hospital director. And just as she feared, something terrible happens during the director’s surgical procedure.
Medical care and money. Medical hierarchies and connections. This drama is about one freelance doctor’s struggles to navigate these ties that cannot be separated.
(Series Drama)
TONBI
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Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
January 13 - March 17,2013
54min×10 episodes
(#1・120min #10・90min)
'TONBI' Kiyoshi Shigematsu
Akihiko Ishimaru
Yuichiro Hirakawa
Yoshiko Morishita
Cast
Seiyou Uchino
Takeru Sato
Kazue Fukiishi
Takako Tokiwa
Hironobu Nomura
Takako Kato
Takuma Otoo
Bengaru
Yumi Aso
Akira Emoto
TONBI
Outline:
Late summer 1972. Truck driver, Yasu, is in the highest spirits singing to himself while working and restraining himself from his favorite hobbies of drinking and gambling. The reason? His wife is about to give birth to a son. Yasu himself never had parents to speak of, his mother having died while he was very young, and his father having abandoned him. Yasu's wife, Misako, also lost both her parents when she was young. And so the two spend their days in happiness, protecting and watching their son, Akira, grow. Until an unforeseen tragedy strikes when Akira is only 3. A freakish accident occurs that results in Misako sacrificing her life to protect her son. Yasu loses himself in grief and remorse, but recovers when he vows to raise the son he loves as best as possible even as it tests the limits of his wits and abilities. Though forced to battle feelings of anxiety, confusion and helplessness, Yasu clumsily yet honestly manages to rear his son with the support of friends in this moving tale of ultimate love between father and son.
(Series Drama)
SOLITARY GOURMET Season2
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TV TOKYO Corporation
KYODO TELEVISION, LTD.
October 10-December 26, 2012
47min×12episodes

Masayuki Kusumi
Jiro Taniguchi
Shoko Kawamura
Masashi Abe
Kenji Yoshimi
Kenji Mizoguchi
Tadaaki Horai
Yoshihiro Taguchi
Yoriko Kodama
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Yutaka Matsushige
SOLITARY GOURMET Season2
Outline:
This drama features the art of eating alone.
Goro Inogashira runs his own little imported goods business and visits many different towns from day to day. The places where he stops to eat are where this drama unfolds. In each episodes he discovers new and surprising gourmet food and we are treated to his unique and peculiar view on the art of eating alone. Though the drama is based on a popular comic book, the eateries he stops by are new, actual restaurants that are located by the crew beforehand.
(Series Drama)
Galileo
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Fuji Television Network, Inc.
'April 15 - June 24, 2013
54 minutes x 11 episodes
(The first episode is extended by 30 minutes, Episode 7 and 8 are extended by 15 minutes, and the final episode extended by 30 minutes.)
Keigo Higashino
"Galileo no Kunou", "Seijo no Kyusai",
"Kyojou no Doukeshi: Galileo 7",
"Kindan no Majutsu: Galileo 8"
Yoshihiro Suzuki
Tadashi Makino
Mizuki Nishisaka
Kensaku Sawada
Kou Kanai
Yasushi Fukuda
Nishi Kosuke (Co-scriptwrited Episode 7 only)
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Masaharu Fukuyama
Yuriko Yoshitaka
Yu Sawabe
Ikkei Watanabe
Galileo
Outline:
Galileo is back! The smash-hit drama series aired in 2007 in the 9 pm Monday night slot averaged ratings of 21.9% with the highest hitting 24.7%. That man who created a great sensation now returns for the sequel.

In the previous season, Galileo or Manabu Yukawa (Masaharu Fukuyama) worked together with a female rookie detective Kaoru Utsumi played (Kou Shibasaki) to solve the supernatural mysteries using scientific approach. This time, playing Galileo’s new partner is a novice cop Misa Kishitani (Yuriko Yoshitaka), a character newly created for this TV drama.

Manabu Yukawa is a physics associate professor at Teito University. He is handsome, brilliant, and athletic. However, his studies are the only things he is interested in. Hence he is nicknamed “the Eccentric Galileo.” One day, Kaoru visits Yukawa and introduces him to her young new colleague Misa. An alumnus of Teito and a first-year detective, Misa is Kaoru’s successor as she flies to Oklahoma for training. This is done on orders from Shunpei Kusanagi (Kazuki Kitamura), a senior detective at the police headquarter and also a college friend of Yukawa. Kaoru then starts talking about a strange murder case that happened in Kamata.

This new season of Galileo, which again marked high average rating of 19.9%, is guaranteed to be ""truly interesting""!
The Grand Prix
(Single Drama)
Double Face / Episode1(TBS version),Episode2(WOWOW version)
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FINE Entertainment
Episode1:October 15,2012
Episode2:October 27,2012
Episode1:93'45"
Episode2:93'30"
Based on "Infernal Affairs"written by Alan Mark and Felix Chong
Hideki Tashiro
Takashi Sasaki
Masahiko Nakazawa
Shinya Watanabe
Mamoru Inoue
Masayuki Morikawa
Yoshiyuki Watanabe
Akira Morii
Eiichiro Hasumi
Daisuke Habara
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Hidetoshi Nishijima
Teruyuki Kagawa
Emi Wakui
Atsushi Ito
Yu Aoi
Takuzou Kadono
Fumiyo Kohinata
Double Face
Outline:
Heads and tails - two men with two faces. “Double Face” is a Japanese remake of the world wide hit Hong Kong film “Infernal Affair” starring Tony Leon and Andy Lau. Set in Tokyo, this program is a deep human drama with a dynamic and thrilling storyline about the fate of two men that goes well beyond a simple detective or mafia story.

The first story, “Double Face Episode1(TBSversion)” which was broadcast by TBS features an undercover detective, Jun Moriya (Hidetoshi Nishijima) who infiltrates an underground organization.
The second story was broadcast by WOWOW as “Double Face Episode2(WOWOWversion)”, features an elite police officer, Ryosuke Takayama (Teruyuki Kagawa) who is actually a spy from the underground organization.
In totally different positions, Jun and Ryosuke are always in conflict with each other. Good and bad, light and shadow, love and war, friendship and betrayal, and the final showdown. These two dramas portray two complex and entangled lives from two opposite points of view.

This prime entertainment drama was created by the talented creators representing Japan such as director Eiichiro Hasumi, best known for the “Umizaru” series, writer Daisuke Habara who also wrote “Break Through!” and “Hula Girls”, and composer, Yugo Kanno, famous for other impressive compositions such as “SP” and the “Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda” film series.
Best Drama
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RADIO
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NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
TV MAN UNION
March 26 ,2013
73min. (one episode)

Boh-chan.
Kei Matsui
Miwako Hosoda
Hisashi Miura
Hiromitsu Sugita
Yoshiyuki Kishi
Nobuyuki Isshiki
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Yuiko Kariya
Eisaku Yoshida
Sakura Ando
Hirohumi Arai
Kousuke Toyohara
Naomi Nishida
Lily Franky
RADIO
Outline:
"Onagawa Saigai FM", a provisional radio station that provides post-disaster information, was launched in the coastal town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture, one month after northeastern Japan was hard-hit by a giant earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11th, 2011.
Based on a real-life drama, the story unfolds on senior high school students and locals who have gathered with the urge to pass on needed information to members of their community.

Ten months following the disaster, a senior high school student, "Boh-chan" (or "Name Withheld"), played by Yuiko Kariya, remains withdrawn inside a modest temporary housing unit after her house was swept away by tsunami. Kunieda (Eisaku Yoshida), a fourth generaion owner of a fish-sausage company, who displays brotherly affection towards Boh-chan, is genuinely concerned about her. He succeeds in making her take up volunteer work at the FM station. But she gets tongue-tied every time she sits in front of the michrophone. Boh-chan's father (Kosuke Toyohara) watches his daughter become increasingly desperate. He suggests that she takes up bloggin, saying if she finds it hard to communicate verbally, she could connect with others through writing. By time, Boh-chan begins to express herself through writing.

Some 350 kilometers northwest of Onagawa, Tobimatsu (Lily Franky) happens to encounter rock music Boh-chan plays over webcast. He is curiously drawn to the program, and begins to exchange messages with the teenager. Thanks also to support she receives from fellow teenagers working at the FM station (Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai), Boh-chan begins to gradually bounce back from her traumatic experience, and begins to find hope in the future.

Against this backdrop, Boh-chan unwittingly drops a bombshell over an entry on her blog, where she commented on local governments that decided against accepting debris from the disaster-hit regions, due to possible radioactivity. In fact, the response is overwhelming. Usually only about 10 people reads her blog. The readership soared to over one million! What is going on?

Boh-chan and her friends regain their spirits through their work at the FM station.
This is not a TV drama on the post-March 11th disaster. Rather, it's about reconstruction of hearts that were shattered in the once-in-a-lifetime calamity.
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The Files of Young Kindaichi Lost in Kowloon
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Nippon Television Network Corporation
Office Crescendo
January 12 ,2013
120 Min. × 1Episode

Seimaru Amagi
Takashi Kamikura
Hiroko Hazeyama
Masahiro Uchiyama
Hisashi Kimura
Seimaru Amagi
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Ryosuke Yamada
Haruna Kawaguchi
Daiki Arioka
Wu Chun
V. I
Kenta Kiritani
Vivian Hsu
Eric Tsang
The Files of Young Kindaichi Lost in Kowloon
Outline:
Hong Kong—HAJIME (Ryosuke Yamada), the grandson of the prestigious Kindaichi Detective and his childhood friend, MIYUKI (Haruna Kawaguchi) arrive in Hong Kong so Miyuki can participate in a fashion show as a fill-in for Yan Ran, a model gone missing. When the friends are sightseeing the city, Miyuki is suddenly abducted by someone. Hajime soon finds out that Yan and Miyuki are exact lookalikes and that Yan has a tattoo, signifying the location of the “Kowloon Treasure”—rumored to be worth billions of money and guarded by a man known as the “Kowloon Emperor”. Was Miyuki mistakenly kidnapped instead of Yan? In his search to rescue Miyuki, Hajime is drawn into a string of murders connected to the treasure which has been lost for two decades…. What is the truth behind the mysterious treasure and will Hajime be able to save Miyuki...alive?
Filmed on location in Hong Kong, this new The Files of Young Kindaichi is a piece of entertainment suitable worldwide and one that will leave the any viewer completely breathless!
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Second to Last Love Autumn 2012
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Fuji Television Network, Inc.
November 2, 2012
112 min x 1 episode

Hiroki Wakamatsu
Kiyomi Asano
Rieko Miyamoto
Yoshikazu Okada
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Kyoko Koizumi
Kiichi Nakai
Kenji Sakaguchi
Yuki Uchida
Lily Franky
Hisako Manda
Naoko Iijima
Second to Last Love Autumn 2012
Outline:
Kyoko Koizumi and Kiichi Nakai star in a special sequel to hit drama, "Second to Last Love"! Drama producer Chiaki Yoshino (Kyoko Koizumi) is feeling distressed about work, failing to make her drama "Mada Koi wa Owaranai (Love will not end here)"a success. On the other hand, Wahei Nagakura (Kiichi Nakai) works at the Kamakura city office. He too, is feeling down due to a change in environment, now having to work under a younger boss. Nagakura's family is comprised of a son and two daughters. The son runs a cafe "Nagakura" at home and is dating Tomomi Ohashi. The younger sister Mariko (Yuki Uchida) works for Chiaki keeping her feelings for Mariko to herself. The eldest daughter Noriko (Naoko Iijima) plans a family trip to Hawaii, but her husband Hiroyuki and son Sho are rather unenthusiastic about the idea. One day Chiaki is given orders by her boss to work on a suspense drama, her least favorite genre. What's more, the script writer is Mamoru Haida (Lily Franky) who is known for being the slowest script writer there ever was. At around the same time, Wahei is given orders to try and persuade writer Midoriko Sakisaka (Hisako Manda) to become a goodwill ambassador to Kamakura in order for it to become registered as a world heritage site...
Local Drama Award
TANUKI NA KAZOKU
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NHK Tokushima Station
June 26, 2013
59min x 1episode

Kenichiro Matsumoto
Naoki Murahashi
Satoshi Suzuki
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Ikkei Watanabe
Maki Sakai
Manami Fuji
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Kurumi Shimizu
Yoko Oshima
Seminosuke Murasugi
TANUKI NA KAZOKU
Outline:
NHK Tokushima Station presents “TANUKI NA KAZOKU” commemorating its 80th anniversary. The drama is inspired by an old “Tanuki (raccoon dog) legend” which exists in the town of Yamashiro, Miyoshi city in Tokushima prefecture. The story is based on the legend that raccoon dogs deceive humans, but they sometimes can be of help. The drama humorously depicts a story about a man who left his family to pursue his dream to become an actor and his abandoned family trying to reconstruct their emotional ties. “Becoming a family is to deceive and be deceived” is the catch phrase of this drama.


Hatsuko Nakajima (Maki Sakai) lives with her mother-in-law Kikuko (Manami Fuji),her daughter Mami (Kurumi Shimizu) and a strange lodger Shotaro (Yoshiyoshi Arakawa). Hatsuko’s husband, Shinsaku (Ikkei Watanabe) has been away from his family since he left home 15 years ago to pursue his dream to become an actor.
One day, Shinsaku unexpectedly comes back home with a TV crew. He lets them shoot in the house while he pretends to act as a good father. Being utterly shocked his family takes offense at Shinsaku’s behavior.
However, as the time passes by, Hatsuko struggles as she realizes that Shinsaku still loves his family and she could not totally abandon Shinsaku. Then the local “Tanuki legend” becomes a key for their breakthrough…
The Last Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya Broadcasting Network
December 22, 2012
115min x 1episode

Kenji Asai
Masamitsu Oike
Toshihiro Jindo
Tomoki Kikuhara
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Seiji Rokkaku
Rena Matsui
Tetsu Watanabe
Takashi Sasano
Miho Shiraishi
Junta Nakama
Shigenori Yamazaki
Mio Masui
Arisa Sato
The Last Train to Nagoya
Outline:
Setting the scene in Nagoya Railroad, The Last Train to Nagoya celebrates the 50th anniversary of Nagoya Broadcasting Network. The story unfolds on the last train bound for Nagoya station. The four omnibus episodes ¬¬featuring romance, comedy, fantasy, and humanity begin in the wake of the lost items in the train. Each passenger’s stories coincidentally intersect on the last train where a real human drama is improvised. And there will be a heartwarming surprise in the end! Seiji Rokkaku who plays a key character in the four episodes (a service attendant in charge of the lost items in the trains) is a passionate rail fan (Tetsudo Otaku) in his real life. Other cast members include Rena Matsui from the local idol girl group SKE48 as a heroine, and veteran actors Takashi Sasano and Tetsu Watanabe as supporting roles. The drama takes place on Nagoya Railroad’s major routes such as Meitetsu Nagoya line, Inuyama line, and Tokoname line. You may discover a forgotten memory of your life in The Last Train to Nagoya.
個人賞
Best Performance
by an Actor

Eita
Eita
"Matrimonial Chaos"
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Best Performance
by an Actress

Rena Nonen
Rena Nonen
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Best Performance
by an Actor in
a Supporting Role

Go Ayano
Go Ayano
"Matrimonial Chaos"
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Best Performance
by an Actress in
a Supporting Role

Kyoko Koizumi
Kyoko Koizumi
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Best Screenplay


Kankuro Kudo
Kankuro Kudo
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Best Director


Tsuyoshi Inoue
Tsuyoshi Inoue
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)

Best Producer


Kei Kurube
Kei Kurube
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
特別賞

Yoshihide Otomo
Yoshihide Otomo
"Ama-chan"
NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)