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Scenario Writer Name: Taichi Yamada (山田太一)

Apples and Oranges 1,2,3,4

ふぞろいの林檎たち1,2,3,4   고르지 않은 사과들 1, 2, 3, 4   不安分的蘋果們

1: 60 min. x 10 eps. 2: 60 min. x 13 eps. 3: 60 min. x 11 eps. 4: 120 min. x 1 ep., 60 min. x 12 eps.|47 episodes

This drama focuses on the lives of those struggling against elitism in a society that puts considerable emphasis on status. The fourth series reintroduces a cast of characters in their thirties and well along their individual chosen paths. The stories center on the lives of the characters as they find self respect and help others who are starting out with little or no standing in society. This poignant drama artfully illustrates the dignity of people transcending titles and status.


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.