TOKYO DRAMA AWARD
2023

Series Drama

Rebooting

In this time loop human comedy, a woman restarts all over from a baby to take control of her karma and reincarnation.
One stressful day, Asami and her friends go out, gossiping about their classmates over dinner and karaoke. She assumed that life would continue being mundane, but suddenly gets hit by a truck and dies instantly.
Asami regains consciousness in a white room. “What? Am I dead?” A man gives the confused Asami some information about the afterlife. “Asami Kondo, well done on your 33 years. Let me inform you of your new life…You will be an anteater,” he tells her.
Disappointed, but learning that she can re-do the life that just ended and accumulate virtues to increase the chances of getting reincarnated as a human being, she selects. This time, Asami tries to gain merits and gradually changes the lives of those around her.
What unpredictable “Rebooting” will she manage to pull off??

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Production Rights
Nippon TV
Production Cooperation
AX-ON
Broadcast
January 8 – March 12, 2023 / 45min×10ep
Chief Producer
Eriko Mikami
Producer
Reina Oda, Mayuko Sakakibara, Hiroki Shibata, Kaori Suzuki
Director
Itaru Mizuno, Shunsuke Kariyama, Kento Matsuda
Scriptwriter
Bakarhythm
Cast
Sakura Ando, Kaho, Haruka Kinami, Shota Sometani, Asami Mizukawa, Bakarhythm

The 13 Lords of the Shogun

In 1180, the Taira clan has defeated the Minamoto clan to win supremacy over the land. Hojo Yoshitoki and his comrades join Minamoto no Yoritomo in rebellion. Their successful coup results in a military government, the Kamakura Shogunate.
Yoritomo, however, dies suddenly, and a fierce power struggle ensues. Yoshitoki destroys his former comrades and even exiles his father, who has become a political handicap. The battle transforms a simple young man into a ruthless ruler. But as Yoshitoki abandons all thoughts of mercy and begins to act without any limits, his older sister Masako stands in the way.

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Production Rights
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Broadcast
January 9 – December 18, 2022 / 45min×48ep
Chief Producer
Takuya Shimizu, Hirokazu Osaki
Producer
Tomoki Hase, Hiroshi Okoshi, Mayo Hashimoto
Director
Teruyuki Yoshida, Sou Suenaga, Keita Hosaka, Daisuke Andou
Scriptwriter
Koki Mitani
Cast
Shun Oguri, Yui Aragaki, Masaki Suda, Eiko Koike, Koji Yamamoto, Shido Nakamura, Yajuro Bando, Rie Miyazawa, Yo Oizumi, Toshiyuki Nishida
On A Starry Night

We change when we fall in love. It was you, 10 years younger than me, who taught me that.
One day, Suzu, an obstetrician-gynecologist meets Issei, who works at an estate clean-out service,living freely in a world without sound.
Their fateful love story, which governs the "beginning" and "end" of life, eventually leads them to light up the heart of the characters.The characters involved are Shinya, a 45-year-old new doctor who forgot how to cry since he lost his wife and child; Haru, who quit his job due to a mental illness; Hokuto, who is raising a daughter without blood ties; and Ban,the family of a victim who still holds a grudge against Suzu from a medical trial.

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Production Rights
tv asahi, Media Mix Japan Co., Ltd.
Broadcast
January 17 – March 14, 2023 / 60min×9ep
Chief Producer
Nobuyuki Hattori
Producer
Sari Kijima, Tatsuya Hongou
Director
Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Daisuke Yamamoto
Scriptwriter
Shizuka Oishi
Cast
Yuriko Yoshitaka, Takumi Kitamura, Dean Fujioka, Yudai Chiba, Miki Mizuno, Ken Mitsuishi, Tsubaki Nekoze, Mijika Nagai, Yumiko Igarashi, Tsuyoshi Muro
silent

A completely original love story of two individuals leaning on each other and overcoming reality that awaits them. One day, Tsumugi Aoba happens to meet her high school ex-boyfriend Sou Sakura, whom she truly loved but ended up breaking up with him 8 years ago. Tsumugi has moved on with her life, while Sou has become deaf after being diagnosed as juvenile bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, which made him choose to leave her. This is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming drama about their “reencounter”in a silent world.

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Production Rights
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Production Cooperation
AOI Pro.
Broadcast
October 6 – December 22, 2022 / 54min ×11 ep(#1 #8 #11=69 min)
Producer
Ken Murase
Director
Hiroki Kazama, Mai Takano, Shunsuke Shinada
Scriptwriter
Miku Ubukata
Cast
Haruna Kawaguchi, Ren Meguro(Snow Man), Ouji Suzuka, Hiyori Sakurada, Rihito Itagaki, Kaho, Shunsuke Kazama, Ryoko Shinohara
ELPIS

Inspired by multiple true cases of false accusations, Elpis follows Ena Asakawa (Masami Nagasawa), a former network anchor whose star has faded due to scandal and now helms a late-night, less-formal magazine show. There, an underrated and rookie director Takuro Kishimoto (Gordon Maeda) begins to doubt a death row conviction which, together with Asakawa, make-up artist Cherry (Toko Miura) and star reporter Shouichi Saito (Ryohei Suzuki), they investigate and unravel as a state-wide conspiracy and cover up.

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Production Rights
Kansai TV
Production Cooperation
Geek Pictures, geek sight
Broadcast
October 24 – December 26, 2022 / 54min×10ep(#1=69min)
Producer
Ayumi Sano, Mamoru Inagaki
Director
Hitoshi One, Hikota Shimoda, Kohei Ninomiya, Takashi Kitano
Scriptwriter
Aya Watanabe
Cast
Masami Nagasawa, Gordon Maeda, Ryohei Suzuki, Takashi Okabe, Toko Miura, Seiji Rokkaku, Zen Kajihara, Mariko Tsutsui, Koen Kondo, Shojiro Kataoka
FENCE

Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture was under American occupation from the end of the Second World War until its return to Japan in 1972. 50 years on, large American military bases still exist there. Key, a magazine writer from Tokyo, visits Okinawa to report on Sakura, a Black-Japanese woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted by an American military officer. Did the assault really happen, or is this a lie to rally the cause against military bases? As Key pursues the truth, she confronts the complicated circumstances unique to Okinawa.

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Production Rights
WOWOW INC, NHK ENTERPRISES
Broadcast
March 19 – April 16, 2023 / 55min×5ep
Producer
Yoshiki Takaesu, Hiraku Kitano
Director
Kana Matsumoto
Scriptwriter
Akiko Nogi
Cast
Mayu Matsuoka, Ariana Miyamoto, Munetaka Aoki, Sho Yonashiro(JO1), Nanako Higa, Shi-sa-, Taeko Yoshida, Yui Aragaki, Ken Mitsuishi

Single Drama

TOKYO MER
~ The Sumida River Mission 〜

TOKYO MER: Mobile Emergency Room is a gripping medical drama.
At the core of the narrative is the TOKYO MER team, a formidable team of frontline lifesavers who race to the scenes of emergencies to offer life-saving care onsite. Their mission is straightforward yet heroic: Save every life. Following the remarkable success of the series in late 2021, the motion picture’s USD 30 million box office revenue made it Japan's top live-action film hit of the first half of 2023.

In this special episode, Dr. Nao Otowa has returned to the Ministry of Health to spearhead the nationwide expansion of the MER initiative, and Dr. Kota Kitami, leader of TOKYO MER, struggles to find his replacement. Then there is a catastrophic collision on Tokyo's Sumida River, with a massive water bus and a houseboat colliding. Kitami and the MER team race against time to execute a daring and selfless rescue operation, resolute in their commitment to leave no one behind!

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Production Rights
TBS Television
Broadcast
April 16, 2023 / 79min×1ep
Chief Producer
Masanao Takahashi
Producer
Ami Yagi
Director
Aya Matsuki
Scriptwriter
Tsutomu Kuroiwa
Cast
Ryohei Suzuki, Kento Kaku, Ayami Nakajo, Jun Kaname, Shinya Kote, Hayato Sano, Fonchi, Nanao, Riisa Naka, Yuriko Ishida

Cold Case file09 Seicho Matsumoto and Novel The Teigin Case

Seicho Matsumoto’s nonfiction masterpiece “Black Fog over Japan” delves into the darkness of the post-WWII occupation.
The trigger for the book was the Teigin Incident, a murderrobbery for which Sadamichi Hirasawa was arrested and sentenced to death, with no real evidence that he was the culprit. Matsumoto strongly doubted the verdict, in which the police shifted blame to Hirasawa after saying the real culprit was a military official. Thirty years after Matsumoto’s death, the program thoroughly traces the “unknown footprints” of the investigation, the trial, and the people involved.

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Production Rights
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Broadcast
December 29, 2022 / 89min×1ep
Chief Producer
Takuomi Matsumoto, Keimei Yamazaki
Producer
Tomohiro Kuwano, Yosuke Shimmyou
Director
Toki Kajiwara
Scriptwriter
Naoko Adachi
Cast
Takao Osawa, Jun Kaname, Haruka Igawa, Takaya Sakoda, Ginnojo Yamazaki, Tetsuya Chiba, Takaaki Enoki, Shiro Sano, Kosuke Toyohara, etc
The Period Guy and His Daughter

The main character, Hikaribashi Yukio, works passionately in PR for a period product manufacturer, and is a single father raising a daughter in high school and a son in middle school.
He’s become popular on social media as “The Period Guy,” which his adolescent daughter Hana has mixed feelings about.
One day, on a live TV show, Yukio gets worked up by a costar’s provocations and blurts out, “I know my daughter’s period cycle perfectly!” His company is flooded with complaints. Due to gossip at school, Hana runs away. Can Yukio ride the uproar out and make up with his beloved daughter?

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Production Rights
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Broadcast
March 24, 2023 / 73min×1ep
Chief Producer
Takuya Shimizu
Producer
Hiroshi Okoshi, Kaoru Ishizawa
Director
Mayo Hashimoto
Scriptwriter
Erika Yoshida
Cast
Taizo Harada, Juri Kosaka, Jun Saito, Ryoki Miyama, Keisuke Horibe, Mirai Yamamoto, Daisuke Kuroda, Machiko Washio, Rinko Kikuchi, Kumiko Aso(Narration)
THE GOD'S HAND

Michiko KIBE, a freelance reporter, hears rumors about an allegation of plagiarism in the award winning novel and is suspicious about MIMURA, the chief editor of a literary magazine.
Meanwhile, MIMURA receives an odd inquiry from a psychosomatic doctor. His patient insists that she is a novelist and knows MIMURA personally. When MIMURA meets the patient, the patient conveys that her manuscript is exactly the same as the one by another writer who had disappeared...
Meanwhile, while Michiko is pursuing the truth behind a series of child abductions, her former colleague asks her for help regarding a case of alleged plagiarism. But her former colleague is later found dead...

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Production
TV TOKYO Corporation, BS TV TOKYO, The icon
Broadcast
May 15, 2023 / 114min×1ep
The Original
神の手(Kami No Te),Ryoko Mochizuki(SHUEISHA Inc.)
Chief Producer
Junpei Nakagawa(TV TOKYO)
Producer
Mariko Kinoshita(TV TOKYO), Akira Shimura(The icon), Kanami Takahashi(The icon), Hideki Inada
Director
Renpei Tsukamoto
Scriptwriter
Mutsumi Yamamoto
Cast
Riho Yoshioka, Ken Yasuda, Ryohei Otani, Noriko Iriyama, Ryosuke Hashimoto(A.B.C-Z), Yui Ichikawa, Megumi Sato, Mirai Yamamoto, Toshinori Omi
Asagao – Forensic Doctor 2022 Special

A touching human drama about the Maki family centering on a forensic scientist Asagao and her father Taira, a former detective. This special episode is set in the summer, a year and a half after the end of the season 2. Ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Asagao and Taira has been desperately searched for her mother’s corpse, and now finally come face to face with a piece of her.
Asagao’s second daughter, Satomi is born, and the Maki family’s daily life is filled with hustle and bustle. But Asagao is unable to relax due to worries about the progression of her father’s dementia. In the midst of this, Asagao and her team receive an autopsy request for the bodies of a man and a woman who are thought to have been caught in a hit and run accident. Why did these two people die in this place, at the exact same time? Asagao searches for evidence of their lives.

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Production Rights
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Broadcast
September 26, 2022 / 108min×1ep
The Original
"監察医 朝顔" Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd., Original: Masahito Kagawa, Comics: Naomi Kimura, Supervisor: Yoshinobu Sato
Producer
Ayaka Kaneshiro
Director
Shin Hirano
Scriptwriter
Nana Yamamoto, Kaoru Suzuki
Cast
Juri Ueno, Saburo Tokito, Shunsuke Kazama, Mirai Shida, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shintaro Morimoto(SixTONES), Shigeyuki Totsugi, Kami Hiraiwa, Shinobu Otake(Special Appearance), Rie Tomosaka, Itsuji Itao, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Local Drama Award

The Bento brings happiness

This story is about a heartwarming "bento" in Hokkaido.
Chiharu is an office worker who has been double-timed by her boyfriend and has transferred from Tokyo to Hokkaido in the midst of her heartbreak.
One night, she meets a mysterious genius chef named Yu at Kumaben, a bento shop tucked away in a back alley. What Chiharu ordered was a "zangi (Fried chicken unique in Hokkaido) bento", but Yu makes a different bento from what she ordered.
However, this special bento, made with Chiharu in mind, begins to thaw her frozen heart...
Yu's "magic bento" saves more and more people those who are suffering.

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Production Rights
HTB Hokkaido Television Broadcasting
Broadcast
February 25 – March 18, 2023 / 24min×4ep
The Original
Midori Kita “The Bento brings happiness” (KADOKAWA)
Executive Producer
Hidetoshi Hashimoto
Producer
Yuhei Hoshi
Director
Yukako Hirao
Scriptwriter
Toru Yamamoto
Cast
Sayu Kubota, Hiroki Iijima, Shigeyuki Totsugi, Hiroyuki Morisaki, Hisaji Yamano, Akiho Sendo, Erena Kamata, Kumiko Endo, Yoji Izumi

Personal Prize

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
    Shun Oguri
    The 13 Lords of the Shogun
    NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
    Haruna Kawaguchi
    silent
    Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Ren Meguro
    silent
    Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
    Kaho
    silent
    Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  • Best Screenwriter
    Bakarhythm
    Rebooting
    Nippon TV
  • Best Director
    Hiroki Kazama
    silent
    Fuji Television Network, Inc

Theme Song Award

  • Theme Song
    Subtitle
    OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM
    silent
    Fuji Television Network, Inc.