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Takako Matsu (松たか子)

No Side Manager

ノーサイド・ゲーム   노사이드 게임   No Side Manager -逆轉大叔

85 min × 1 ep / 75 min × 1 ep / 80 min × 1 ep / 60 min × 7 eps|10 episodes

Adapted from a novel by Jun Ikeido, the story follows the travails of a company man once touted as an elite executive candidate who falters when he voices opposition to his superiors over an acquisition, and is exiled to general affairs manager at a branch factory. Adding insult to injury, he is also ordered to serve as general manager of the plant’s failing rugby team, the Tokiwa Motors “Astros”, which once basked in glory but has since sunk to perennial cellar dweller. Hoping to resuscitate his own future along with that of a weak rugby team on the verge of disbandment, the embattled company man stakes pride and fortune on fulfilling two missions, putting all he’s got into work and sports in this inspirational human drama.

Quartet / Lovers & Liars

カルテット   콰르텟   美麗的謊音四重奏

75 min × 1 ep / 60 min × 9 eps|10 episodes

Four people’s paths cross one winter by chance: two women and two men in their 30s, all whose dreams have gone sadly unfulfilled. Instead of swelling toward the peak of their lives, their lives all seem headed gently downhill. Despite being total strangers, they decide to share a house together in the wooded resort area of a Karuizawa. But “chance” also hides some pretty big secrets in this brand new adult-sized drama that will have you laughing at odd chemistry, biting your nails at unexpected turns, and even alarmed by some stark truths of the human condition.

Simple is Best

ふつうが一番   보통이 제일   平凡最好

120 min × 1 ep|1 episode

With dreams of becoming a Naoki Prize-winning author, Tomeji Kosuge is a widower who ekes out a living as a reporter for a trade newspaper while caring for his young daughter, Noriko, and living with his mother, Takie around 1963. Based on the true story of writer, Shuhei Fujisawa, Simple is Best traces the half life of protagonist, Fujisawa, up until his winning of the Naoki Prize in 1973 as seen through the eyes of his beloved daughter, Noriko.
A moving and poignant depiction about a man’s abiding love for family and passionate pursuit of a dream.


おやじの背中   아버지의 등   父親的背影

60 min × 9 eps|9 episodes

The relationship between father and child is showcased each week in 10 episodes penned by different writers, and featuring 10 pairs of leading actors. A former boxer (Koji Yakusho) trains his daughter (Hikari Matsushima) to participate in the Olympic Games and survive in a highly competitive world. Another father (Tsunehiko Watase) and son (Kankuro Nakamura VI) formerly at odds with each other embark on a pilgrimage inspired by the death of the wife and mother. All the stories are suited for viewing by the whole family yet delve into universal themes with which everyone can identify.

Man of Destiny

運命の人   운명의 인간   命運之人

114min x 1 ep / 90min x 1 ep / 60min x 8 eps|10 episodes

A story based on the famous ”Okinawa Secret Pact Scandal” of 1972. In the world of journalism where ideals clash with ambition, an ace political reporter named Yuminari pursues his ideals and convictions to expose a huge scandal surrounding the “return of Okinawa” to Japan from the United States. But Yuminari finds himself up against the massive power of the government with the resources to discredit him for any slip-up or vulnerability. As he struggles to maintain his principles and fortitude, supported by his wife, Yuriko, an extramarital affair he has been having with a Foreign Ministry clerk, Akiko Miki, who leaked him the information. The focus of the scandal shifts to questions of treason and morality. A thrilling depiction of the woeful circumstances of three figures whose work, private lives and pride get manhandled by forces far beyond their control.