Food Fight (TV series)
|Created by||Shinji Nojima (野島伸司)|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Original run||1 July 2000 – 30 September 2000|
Food Fight (フードファイト Fūdo Faito?) s a Japanese television drama starring Kyoko Fukada and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. It first aired in Japan from 1 July 2000 to 30 September 2000. Moderately successful, its average rating was 17.5% while its peak rating reached 21.5%.
- Ihara Mitsuru – Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
- Tamura Manami – Fukada Kyoko
- Miyazono Saeka – Miyazawa Rie
- Miyazono Kyosaku – Sano Shiro
- Kisaragi Eiichi – Toshio Kakei
- Crow's voice – Kimura Takuya
- Ihara Mitsuru – a custodian working for a large food producer after growing up in an orphanage who is secretly a champion of a food eating competition. After winning he usually proclaims his stomach is as huge as the size of the universe.
- Tamura Manami – a college student who volunteers for an orphanage where Mitsuru was raised
- Miyazono Saeka – the wife of Miyazono; she married him solely for money
- Miyazono Kyosaku – the head of the large food production company who secretly sponsors the underground "food fight"; the eleventh challenger
- Kisaragi Eiichi – the ninth challenger of the "food fight"; after deciding that Mitsuru is a natural-born "food fighter" he analyzes the challengers and gives helpful advice to him
- Kyutaro – a talking black bird who is a friend and partner of Mitsuru; voiced by Takuya Kimura
The list runs in a chronological order with the food of each challenger's choice.
- Yoneyama Katsuyoshi – ramen
- Gonzales Iwagami – spicy curry
- Fujishiro Yukiko – Kakigori
- Manaka Hiromi – Mochi
- Kagami Shunsuke – yakitori
- Ihara Satoko – Croquette
- Carlos Okamura – steak
- Kisaragi Eiichi - Hiyashi Chuka/Cold noodles
- Sugawara Kentaro – sushi
- Miyazono Kyosaku - Onigiri
The president of a large food production company combines gourmet eating and gambling into an underground eating contest, or "Food Fight," in the basement of his company. After growing up in an orphanage, Mitsuru Ihara starts working as a custodian at the large food producer. The pleasant, kind Ihara often visits his former home, pretending to be an important business man, not the blue-collar cleaner that he really is. He also has a bigger secret, which is that he is the reigning champion of the underground eating competition held at the company. In it, two contestants battle to see which can pack away more food within a set time limit. The noble Ihara, with nine consecutive wins, always donates the prize money anonymously to his orphanage, despite the fact that he wins millions. The circumstances surrounding his victories, however, are often surprising and usually unusual, perhaps unrealistic. He also wins by a very small margin, by only 1 point in most cases.
- Three former members of Morning Musume (Abe Natsumi, Goto Maki, and Yuko Nakazawa), and singer Ryuichi Kawamura made guest appearances on this show as themselves.