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Kyozo Nagatsuka (長塚京三)
Funeral Parade of St.Peter
ペテロの葬列 베드로의 장렬 聖彼得的葬禮
115 min. x 1 ep. / 60 min. x 10 eps.｜11 episodes
Dramatic serialization of best-selling author Miyuki Miyabe’s latest addition to her “Saburo Sugimura Series”, the sequel to “Nameless Poison.” Sugimura is living a reverse Cinderella story having married the daughter of president to a major conglomerate, and now working as editor of the firm’s in-house gazette. A devoted husband and doting father, Sugimura aspires to an ordinary life but invariably has to unravel various company-related “incidents” at the request of his father-in-law. One day, Sugimura finds himself at the center of an armed bus jacking by an old man with gun. The perpetrator’s hidden motive speak to the core of Japan as a nation and to the difficulties of the human condition. While no one is above making the occasional “lie”, what does one do when a lie grows a life of its own and becomes irreversibly damaging to many. How does one begin to atone?
Summer for Bureaucrats
80 min. x 1 ep, 60 min. x 9 eps｜10 episodes
It is 1956 , and Japan has officially declared the “post-war” period over. In the decade or so that will follow, the country will grow to be the second largest economy in the world. But what was the driving force behind this economic miracle? This drama depicts the intense drama and battles played out among Japan’s leading bureaucrats in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, focusing on Shingo Kazakoshi, the man dubbed “Mr. MITI” who selflessly and utterly devoted himself to his country’s industrial development.
75 min. x 1 ep. / 60 min. x 10 eps.｜11 episodes
Ando, the head of prestigious Izumida Hospital, drafts Takashi, a battle-hardened and brilliant surgeon. On his first day, he meets Detective Mizusawa who has brought in a critically injured criminal whom she was forced to shoot. Against the wishes of his superior, Takashi miraculously saves the criminal. Takashi learns of another patient in the hospital that has been in a coma for 21 years. Takashi suggests a way he may be able to revive the man, but is stubbornly opposed by Ando. This arouses Takashi's suspicions that Ando may have a personal stake in keeping the patient in a vegetative state; and he and Detective Mizusawa set out to unravel the mystery behind this 21-year old incident and ultimately learn more about their mutual past in the process.
A Tale of Happiness
しあわせのシッポ 행복의 꼬리 幸福的尾巴
75 min. x 1 ep. / 60 min. x 11 eps.｜12 episodes
After 20 years of absence after her parent’s divorce, Miwo’s father shows up on her doorstep asking to live together. Now a high school teacher and all grown up, Miwo is puzzled but can’t refuse her own father. They begin living under the same roof, and it does not take Miwo long to learn her father has grown ill and does not have long to live. Will their short time together be enough to make up for their long time apart?
アリよさらば 개미여 안녕 再見螞蟻
60 min. x 12 eps.｜12 episodes
Rock ’n’ roll superstar Eikichi Yazawa plays a substitute high school biology teacher whose clumsy social skills steadily mature as he helps his students struggle to balance work, school and extracurricular activities. The result is a heartwarming drama of the mentoring role of teachers during the difficult transition to adulthood.
Am I Unattractive?
わたしってブスだったの? 난 매력없는 준재인가? 難道我很醜?
60 min. x 12 eps.｜12 episodes
Determined never to be defeated, the heroine of this story is economically independent. Yet with each passing year, she experiences greater isolation and uneasiness. Her quest to live with integrity, despite the scars of previous battles, raises deep questions of how anyone can find their own way through these times.