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Fuurin Kazan (NHK)

Fuurin Kazan (NHK)
Fuurin Kazan (NHK), is a Japanese historical drama about Yamamoto Kansuke, a lonely genius of strategy at the Age of the Civil War in the 16th century. Kansuke works under Takeda Shingen and pursues his dream of unifying the whole country through aiding the warlord of Kai. At the same time, Kansuke supports Shingen’s concubine Yu from his selfless affection for the woman who hates but eventually loves the warlord who killed her father and family. With the aid of Kansuke’s strategies, Shingen expands his power northward, where he is destined to fight with Kenshin Uesugi, the warlord of Echigo. The drama portrays how those who fight for their dreams face their destinies in the turbulent age.

Title: 風林火山 / Fuurin Kazan / Furin Kazan / Fūrin Kazan
Also known as: Samurai Banners
Total Episodes: 49
Genre: Taiga drama, period drama
Air time: Sunday, 20:00
Broadcast network: NHK
Broadcast period: 2007-Jan-7 to 2007-Dec

Casts:

Yamamoto Family:
Uchino Masaaki as 源助→Obayashi Kansuke→Yamamoto Kansuke (Haruyuki)
Yamauchi Hayate (山内颯) as a boy
Ito Ko (伊藤高) as Yamamoto Sadayuki (father of Kansuke)
Ameku Michiko as Yasu (mother of Kansuke)
Mitsuishi Ken as Fuji Nana→Yamamoto Sadahisa

Obayashi Family:
Sasano Takashi as Obayashi Kanzaemon (foster father of Kansuke)
Mizusawa Aki as Kikuyo (Wife of Kanzaemon)
Monno Sho (門野翔) as Obayashi Kanbee (Kansuke’s child)

Takeda Family:
Ichikawa Kamejiro as Takeda Harunobu → Takeda Shingen
Shibamoto Yuki (柴本幸) as Yuu Hime (由布姫)
Ikewaki Chizuru as Sanjo Fujin (三条夫人)
Nakadai Tatsuya as Takeda Nobutora (武田信虎)
Fubuki Jun as Ooi Fujin
Sakurai Sachiko as Nene (禰々)
Kashima Noritoshi (嘉島典俊) as Takeda Nobushige (武田信繁)
Tsuji Kazunaga (辻萬長) as Katsunuma Nobutomo (Nobutora’s younger brother)

Takeda Vassal:
Chiba Shinichi as Itagaki Nobukata
Asada Miyoko as Hagino
Kaneda Akio as Obu Toramasa
Ryu Raita as Amari Torayasu
Sasaki Kuranosuke as Sanada Yukitaka
Shimizu Misa as Shinome (Yukitaka’s wife)
Takahashi Kazuya as Baba Nobuharu (馬場信春)
Tanabe Seiichi as Oyamada Nobuari (小山田信有)
Shishido Kai (宍戸開) as Hara Toratane
Kato Takeshi as Murozumi Torasada
Tanaka Kotaro as Kosaka Masanobu
Terajima Susumu as Akabe Shimomori

Warring States Generals

Nagao and the Uesugi Family:
Gackt as Uesugi Kenshin
Ichikawa Sadanji as Uesugi Norimasa (上杉憲政)

Imagawa Family:
Tanihara Shosuke as Imagawa Yoshimoto
Fujimura Shiho as Jukeini (寿桂尼)
Ibu Masato as Taigen Sessai
Ishibashi Renji as 庵原忠胤 (Sessai’s older brother)
Segawa Ryo as 庵原之政 (Sessai’s son)
Ikawa Tetsuya (井川哲也) as Genko Etan
Terry Ito as Kushima Masanari
Sakimoto Hiromi as Hojo Tsunashige (Masanari’s son)
Osuga Yuko (大須賀裕子) as Tsunashige’s mother

Hojo House:
Matsui Makoto (松井誠) as Hojo Ujiyasu (北条氏康)
Shinagawa Toru (品川徹) as Hojo Ujitsuna
Yokochi Tadashi (横内正) as Shimizu Yoshimasa
Sakaki Hideo (榊英雄) as Matsuda Shichirozaemon (Makoto’s martial arts instructor)

Shinano Clan:
Kohinata Fumiyo as Suwa Yorishige
岡本諦 as Yazaki Jugoro (Suwa Vassal)
Mizukawa Asami as Hisa (Jugoro’s daugther)

Others

Poet:
Kameyama Sukekiyo (亀山助清) as Asukai Miyabikyo
Shoji Eiken (庄司永建) as 大井入道宗芸 (Ooi Fujin’s father)

Kuzukasa Village:
Kanjiya Shihori as Mitsu (Kansuke’s girlfriend)
Arizono Yoshiki (有薗芳記) as Densuke → 河原村伝兵衛 (Mitsu’s older brother・板垣家臣)
Arima Jyu (有馬自由) as Takichi → 葛笠太吉
Sato Ryuta as Heizo

Miscellaneous:
Takahashi Issei
Omori Akemi
Shionoya Masayuki (塩野谷正幸)
Shihodo Wataru (四方堂亘)

Original writing: Inoue Yasushi (井上靖), written in 1955
Screenwriter: Omori Sumio (大森壽美男)
Director: Shimizu Kazuhiko (清水一彦)
Music: Senju Akira
Epigraph: Kakinuma Koji (柿沼康二)

Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/taiga/

One Comment

  1. Furinkazan is just about the most interesting and captivating series I’ve ever seen. Just can’t miss it on TV Japan!

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