Smile (2009 TV series)

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Smile スマイル
Genre Drama
Directed by Ishii Yasuharu
Tsuboi Toshio
Starring Jun Matsumoto
Aragaki Yui
Nakai Kiichi
Shun Oguri
Voices of Stereo broadcast
Theme music composer Yamashita Kosuke
Opening theme Ariamaru Tomi by Shiina Ringo
Country of origin  Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 11 episodes
Producer(s) Setoguchi Katsuaki
Takanari Mahoko (高成麻畝子)
Location(s) Japan
Original channel Japan Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original run April 17, 2009 – June 26, 2009
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Smile is a Japanese television drama series, shown on TBS started last April 17, 2009. Jun Matsumoto plays the lead role of Vito, a half-Filipino, half-Japanese man who always smiles despite all of the problems and difficulties he faces. the series focus on foreigners and mixed race children who suffered from racism[1] [2]


Hayakawa Vito has a Filipino father and a Japanese mother, but he was born and raised in Japan and has never visited the Philippines. The ever-smiling Vito works at Machimura Foods during the day, and at night, he works a part-time job trying to make his dreams come true. One day during an incident at a book store, he meets a girl named Mishima Hana, who lost her ability to speak due to an accident. But even though she can't speak, Vito is drawn to her beautiful smile. However, Vito becomes wrongly suspected by the police for a crime, and after meeting the lawyer Kazuma, the issue begins to grow... Together, Vito, Hana, and Kazuma will go through challenging times and have to overcome many obstacles. -Tokyograph [3]



Awards and nominations[edit]

13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix

Spring 2009

  • Best Drama: Smile
  • Best Actor: Matsumoto Jun / Smile
  • Best Supporting Actor: Nakai Kiichi / Smile
  • Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui / Smile

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