Taiga drama

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Taiga drama (大河ドラマ Taiga dorama?, "Big River Drama") is the name NHK gives to the annual, year-long historical fiction television series it broadcasts in Japan. Beginning in 1963 with the black-and-white Hana no Shōgai, starring kabuki actor Onoe Shōroku and Takarazuka star Awashima Chikage, the network has hired a producer, director, writer, music director, and actors for the series. The 45-minute show airs on the NHK General network every Sunday at 20:00, with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 13:05. Satellite, HDTV digital satellite, and NHK World Premium broadcasts are also available.

Current series[edit]

Upcoming series[edit]

  • Hanamoyu (2015) –

List of series[edit]

# Romanised Name Kanji (or Kana) Name Start End Starring Supporting cast Additional Notes Average Rating[1]
1 Hana no Shōgai 花の生涯 7 April 1963 29 December 1963 Onoe Shoroku II Chikage Awashima
Kaoru Yachigusa
Kyōko Kagawa
Keiji Sada
Black and white 20.2%
2 Akō Rōshi 赤穂浪士 1 January 1964 27 December 1964 Kazuo Hasegawa Isuzu Yamada
Osamu Takizawa
Jukichi Uno
Chikage Awashima
Black and white. Also the most viewed taiga drama in its history. 31.9%
3 Taikōki 太閤記 3 January 1965 26 December 1965 Ken Ogata Shiho Fujimura
Kōji Takahashi
Yoshiko Mita
Frankie Sakai
Black and white 31.2%
4 Minamoto no Yoshitsune 源義経 2 January 1966 25 December 1966 Onoe Kikunosuke VII Ken Ogata
Junko Fuji
Isuzu Yamada
Osamu Takizawa
Black and white 23.5%
5 San Shimai 三姉妹 1 January 1967 24 December 1967 Mariko Okada
Shiho Fujimura
Komaki Kurihara
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Shinsuke Ashida
Kō Nishimura
Osamu Takizawa
Black and white 19.1%
6 Ryōma ga Yuku 竜馬がゆく 7 January 1968 29 December 1968 Kin'ya Kitaōji Ruriko Asaoka
Masayuki Mori
Keiju Kobayashi
Hideki Takahashi
Black and white 14.5%
7 Ten to Chi to 天と地と 5 January 1969 28 December 1969 Koji Ishizaka Fumie Kashiyama
Ineko Arima
Osamu Takizawa
Kōji Takahashi
Colour. Future broadcasts are in colour. 25.0%
8 Mominoki wa Nokotta 樅の木は残った 4 January 1970 27 December 1970 Mikijiro Hira Sayuri Yoshinaga
Komaki Kurihara
Kinuyo Tanaka
Kin'ya Kitaōji
21.0%
9 Haru no Sakamichi 春の坂道 3 January 1971 26 December 1971 Kinnosuke Nakamura Yoshio Harada
Yoko Tsukasa
Ichikawa Ebizō X
So Yamamura
21.7%
10 Shin Heike Monogatari 新・平家物語 2 January 1972 24 December 1972 Tatsuya Nakadai Tamao Nakamura
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Eitaro Ozawa
Osamu Takizawa
21.4%
11 Kunitori Monogatari 国盗り物語 7 January 1973 30 December 1973 Mikijirō Hira
Hideki Takahashi
Keiko Matsuzaka
Yoshiko Mita
Joe Shishido
Ryūtarō Ōtomo
22.4%
12 Katsu Kaishū 勝海舟 6 January 1974 29 December 1974 Tetsuya WatariHiroki Matsukata[2] Reiko Ohara
Yoshiko Kuga
Keiju Kobayashi
Onoe Shoroku II
24.2%
13 Genroku Taiheiki 元禄太平記 6 January 1975 29 December 1975 Kōji Ishizaka Tōru Emori
Muga Takewaki
Shinsuke Ashida
Hisaya Morishige
24.7%
14 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to 風と雲と虹と 4 January 1976 26 December 1976 Go Kato Sayuri Yoshinaga
Michiyo Aratama
Keiju Kobayashi
Ken Ogata
24.0%
15 Kashin 花神 2 January 1977 25 December 1977 Umenosuke Nakamura Masatoshi Nakamura
Jukichi Uno
Ruriko Asaoka
Hideki Takahashi
19.0%
16 Ōgon no Hibi 黄金の日日 8 January 1978 24 December 1978 Ichikawa Somegorō VI Komaki Kurihara
Yukiyo Toake
Tetsurō Tamba
Kōji Tsuruta
25.9%
17 Kusa Moeru 草燃える 7 January 1979 23 December 1979 Koji Ishizaka Ken Matsudaira
Hiromi Go
Onoe Shoroku II
Shima Iwashita
26.3%
18 Shishi no Jidai 獅子の時代 6 January 1980 21 December 1980 Bunta Sugawara
Go Kato
Reiko Ohara
Shinobu Otake
Minoru Chiaki
Kōji Tsuruta
21.0%
19 Onna Taikōki おんな太閤記 11 January 1981 20 December 1981 Yoshiko Sakuma Masatoshi Nakamura
Yōko Asaji
Frankie Sakai
Toshiyuki Nishida
Based on the novel Taikōki (which formed the basis of the 3rd Taiga Drama of the same title), with the story told from a woman's perspective. 31.8%
20 Tōge no Gunzō 峠の群像 10 January 1982 19 December 1982 Ken Ogata Ken Matsudaira
Juzo Itami
Muga Takewaki
Nakamura Umenosuke IV
23.7%
21 Tokugawa Ieyasu 徳川家康 9 January 1983 18 December 1983 Sakae Takita Shinobu Otake
Tetsuya Takeda
Masako Natsume
Kōji Ishizaka
31.2%
22 Sanga Moyu 山河燃ゆ 8 January 1984 23 December 1984 Matsumoto Kōshirō IX
Toshiyuki Nishida
Reiko Ohara
Keiko Tsushima
Kiyoshi Kodama
Toshiro Mifune
First (and so far only) Taiga drama set in the Shōwa period of World War II 21.1%
23 Haruno Hatō 春の波涛 6 January 1985 15 December 1985 Keiko Matsuzaka Masatoshi Nakamura
Morio Kazama
Chikage Awashima
Keiju Kobayashi
18.2%
24 Inochi いのち 5 January 1986 14 December 1986 Yoshiko Mita Tetsurō Tamba
Mako Ishino
Koji Yakusho
Ken Utsui
First (and so far only) Taiga drama set in postwar Japan. 29.3%
25 Dokuganryū Masamune 独眼竜政宗 4 January 1987 13 December 1987 Ken Watanabe Tomokazu Miura
Shima Iwashita
Kin'ya Kitaōji
Shintaro Katsu
39.7%
26 Takeda Shingen 武田信玄 10 January 1988 18 December 1988 Kiichi Nakai Kyōhei Shibata
Misako Konno
Toshiyuki Nishida
Ryōtarō Sugi
39.2%
27 Kasuga no Tsubone 春日局 1 January 1989 17 December 1989 Reiko Ōhara Aiko Nagayama
Shinji Yamashita
Tetsurō Tamba
Yoshiko Sakuma
Earliest premiere for a Taiga drama. 32.4%
28 Tobu ga Gotoku 翔ぶが如く 7 January 1990 9 December 1990 Toshiyuki Nishida
Takeshi Kaga
Yūko Tanaka
Sumiko Fuji
Hideki Takahashi
Yūzō Kayama
23.2%
29 Taiheiki 太平記 6 January 1991 25 December 1991 Hiroyuki Sanada Yasuko Sawaguchi
Frankie Sakai
Ken Ogata
Takao Kataoka
26.0%
30 Nobunaga 信長 KING OF ZIPANGU 5 January 1992 13 December 1992 Naoto Ogata Momoko Kikuchi
Ken Utsui
Shinsuke Ashida
Mikijiro Hira
24.6%
31 Ryūkyū no Kaze 琉球の風 10 January 1993 13 June 1993 Noriyuki Higashiyama Atsuro Watabe
Tomoyo Harada
Youki Kudoh
Kenichi Hagiwara
First part of a 3-part series. 17.7%
32 Homura Tatsu 炎立つ 4 July 1993 13 March 1994 Ken Watanabe
Hiroaki Murakami
Yūko Kotegawa
Kō Nishimura
Tsunehiko Watase
Kōtarō Satomi
Second part of a 3-part series. Also had the latest premiere for a Taiga drama. 17.3%
33 Hana no Ran 花の乱 3 April 1994 25 December 1994 Yoshiko Mita Ichikawa Danjūrō XII
Takako Matsu
Yorozuya Kinnosuke
Machiko Kyō
Conclusion of the 3-part series. 14.1%
34 Hachidai Shōgun Yoshimune 八代将軍吉宗 8 January 1995 10 December 1995 Toshiyuki Nishida Hitomi Kuroki
Kōji Ishizaka
Kiichi Nakai
Masahiko Tsugawa
About the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune. 26.4%
35 Hideyoshi 秀吉 7 January 1996 22 December 1996 Naoto Takenaka Yasuko Sawaguchi
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tatsuya Nakadai
Tetsuya Watari
49 episodes about the life of Hideyoshi. 30.5%
36 Mōri Motonari 毛利元就 5 January 1997 14 December 1997 Hashinosuke Nakamura Yasuko Tomita
Nobuko Miyamoto
Keiko Matsuzaka
Ken Ogata
23.4%
37 Tokugawa Yoshinobu 徳川慶喜 4 January 1998 13 December 1998 Masahiro Motoki Bunta Sugawara
Ayako Wakao
Hikari Ishida
Reiko Ohara
21.1%
38 Genroku Ryōran 元禄繚乱 1 January 1999 12 December 1999 Nakamura Kanzaburo Shinobu Otake
Noriyuki Higashiyama
Ken Matsudaira
Machiko Kyō
20.2%
39 Aoi ~Tokugawa Sandai~ 葵徳川三代 9 January 2000 17 December 2000 Masahiko Tsugawa
Toshiyuki Nishida
Onoe Shoroku IV
Kirin Kiki
Mayumi Ogawa
Isuzu Yamada
Shima Iwashita
First series to be broadcast in High Definition. Future series are also broadcast in HD. 18.5%
40 Hōjō Tokimune 北条時宗 7 January 2001 9 December 2001 Motoya Izumi Atsuro Watabe
Ken Watanabe
Sumiko Fuji
Kin'ya Kitaōji
18.5%
41 Toshiie to Matsu 利家とまつ~加賀百万石物語~ 6 January 2002 15 December 2002 Toshiaki Karasawa
Nanako Matsushima
Takashi Sorimachi
Teruyuki Kagawa
Bunta Sugawara
Tetsurō Tamba
22.1%
42 Musashi 武蔵 MUSASHI 5 January 2003 7 December 2003 Shinnosuke Ichikawa Ryoko Yonekura
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Tsunehiko Watase
Makoto Fujita
16.7%
43 Shinsengumi! 新撰組! 11 January 2004 12 December 2004 Shingo Katori Koji Yamamoto
Tatsuya Fujiwara
Masato Sakai
Kōji Ishizaka
17.4%
44 Yoshitsune 義経 9 January 2005 11 December 2005 Hideaki Takizawa Ken Matsudaira
Kiichi Nakai
Hideki Takahashi
Tetsuya Watari
19.5%
45 Kōmyō ga Tsuji 功名が辻 8 January 2006 10 December 2006 Yukie Nakama
Takaya Kamikawa
Tetsuya Takeda
Gin Maeda
Yoshiko Sakuma
Hiroshi Tachi
20.9%
46 Fūrin Kazan 風林火山 7 January 2007 9 December 2007 Masaaki Uchino Ichikawa Kamejirō
Gackt
Sonny Chiba
Tatsuya Nakadai
18.7%
47 Atsuhime 篤姫 6 January 2008 21 December 2008 Aoi Miyazaki Eita
Masato Sakai
Hideki Takahashi
Kin'ya Kitaōji
24.5%
48 Tenchijin 天地人 4 January 2009 22 November 2009 Satoshi Tsumabuki Kazuki Kitamura
Takako Tokiwa
Hiroshi Abe
Hiroki Matsukata
21.2%
49 Ryōmaden 龍馬伝 3 January 2010 28 November 2010 Masaharu Fukuyama Teruyuki Kagawa
Nao Ōmori
Kiyoshi Kodama
Kōtarō Satomi
18.7%
50 江〜姫たちの戦国〜 9 January 2011 27 November 2011 Juri Ueno Rie Miyazawa
Asami Mizukawa
Kōji Ishizaka
Kin'ya Kitaōji
17.7%
51 Taira no Kiyomori 平清盛 8 January 2012 23 December 2012 Kenichi Matsuyama Hiroshi Tamaki
Masaki Okada
Shota Matsuda
Kiichi Nakai
12.0%
52 Yae no Sakura 八重の桜 6 January 2013 15 December 2013 Haruka Ayase Hidetoshi Nishijima
Hiroki Hasegawa
Joe Odagiri
Toshiyuki Nishida
14.6%
53 Gunshi Kanbei 軍師官兵衛 5 January 2014 2014 Junichi Okada Miki Nakatani
Tori Matsuzaka
Naoto Takenaka
Kyōhei Shibata
54 Hana Moyu 花燃ゆ 2015 2015 Mao Inoue Takao Osawa
Yūsuke Iseya
Kengo Kora
Kin'ya Kitaōji
55 Sanadamaru 真田丸 2016 2016 Masato Sakai TBD

NHK Special Drama[edit]

Saka no Ue no Kumo was originally set for a 2006 broadcast as "21st Century Taiga Drama". However, the scriptwriter of the series committed suicide, causing a delay in production. The series will air as "NHK Special Drama" in three parts, each part airing from late November to late December of each year.

Title Episodes Start End Cast
Saka no Ue no Kumo pt1
坂の上の雲
5 eps 29 November 2009 27 December 2009 Masahiro Motoki
Hiroshi Abe
Saka no Ue no Kumo pt2 4 eps 5 December 2010 26 December 2010
Saka no Ue no Kumo pt3 4 eps Late November or early December 2011 Late December 2011

Recent series[edit]

The set of Ryūkyū no Kaze (1993) is now a park in Okinawa.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "過去の視聴率データ NHK大河ドラマ". Video Research Ltd. 
  2. ^ (main role actor changed as of 10th story

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