Gunshi Kanbei

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Gunshi Kanbei
Written by Yoichi Maekawa
Directed by Kenji Tanaka
Starring Junichi Okada
Miki Nakatani
Akira Terao
Shōsuke Tanihara
Tori Matsuzaka
Yuki Uchida
Toma Ikuta
Shunpūtei Koasa
Fumi Nikaidō
Tetsushi Tanaka
Mirei Kiritani
Gaku Hamada
Mokomichi Hayami
Issei Takahashi
Kei Tanaka
Mitsuki Takahata
Kazuhiro Yamaji
Tsurutaro Kataoka
Takanori Jinnai
Shingo Tsurumi
Masatō Ibu
Hitomi Kuroki
Yōsuke Eguchi
Naoto Takenaka
Kyōhei Shibata
Theme music composer Yugo Kanno
Composer(s) Yugo Kanno
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 50
Production
Executive producer(s) Takashi Nakamura
Running time 48 x 45 minutes
2 x 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NHK
Original run January 5, 2014 – December 21, 2014

Gunshi Kanbei (軍師官兵衛 Gunshi Kanbee?) is the 53rd NHK Taiga drama. Broadcast of the series began on January 5, 2014.[1] It features Junichi Okada as the main character and depicts the life of Kanbei, a retainer of Kodera Masamoto, daimyo of Harima Province, and a strategist for Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Story[edit]

The drama tells the story of Kuroda Kanbei, a son of Kuroda Mototaka, chief retainer of Kodera Masamoto who ruled Harima Province (currently Hyōgo Prefecture) in the 16th century. In troubled times, Kanbei persuades Kodera to join forces with the all-powerful Oda Nobunaga. Though imprisoned by Araki Murashige and lamed for life, Kanbei endures hardships and later becomes a strategist for Toyotomi Hideyoshi. His son Kuroda Nagamasa serves Tokugawa Ieyasu after the death of Toyotomi.

Staff[edit]

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Cast[edit]

Banner of "Gunshi Kanbei" in Himeji

Kuroda family[edit]

Ibuki[edit]

Kodera Clan[edit]

Oda Clan[edit]

Toyotomi Clan[edit]

Tokugawa Clan[edit]

Mōri Clan[edit]

Others[edit]

Books[edit]

  • NHK Taiga drama story Gunshi Kanbei vol.1 ISBN 978-4-14-923345-1 (Official guide)
  • Yoichi Maekawa and Kuniko Aoki, "Taiga drama Gunshi Kanbei", Tokyo, NHK Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014 (novelisation)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corkill, Edan (1 January 2014). "NHK’s yearlong drama ‘Gunshi Kanbei’ takes cues from Korean success stories". Japan Times. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Yoichi Maekawa, NHK Taiga drama story Gunshi Kanbei vol.1, Tokyo: NHK Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014

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