Hana no Ran

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Hana no Ran
Written by Shinichi Ichikawa
Starring Yoshiko Mita
Ichikawa Danjūrō XII
Eiji Okuda
Masao Kusakari
Nomura Mansai
Takako Matsu
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII
Shirō Sano
Masahiro Matsuoka
Sachiko Kobayashi
Yoshie Taira
Toshiya Nagasawa
Isao Bitō
Hiroshi Katsuno
Hiroshi Fujioka
Isao Natsuyagi
Rino Katase
Fumi Dan
Kōji Yakusho
Matsumoto Kōshirō IX
Yorozuya Kinnosuke
Machiko Kyō
Theme music composer Naoto Ōtomo
Opening theme NHK Symphony Orchestra
Composer(s) Shigeaki Saegusa
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 37
Production
Running time 37 x 45 minutes
Release
Original network NHK
Original release 3 April (1994-04-03) – 11 December 1994 (1994-12-11)

Hana no Ran (花の乱) was the 33rd Taiga drama to be broadcast on the NHK network in Japan. It premiered on 3 April 1994 and its finale aired on 25 December of the same year.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The story takes place during the Muromachi period of Ancient Japan, in the midst of the Ōnin War. The main character in the series is Hino Tomiko, a historical figure with a bad reputation because of her actions to rebuild Kyoto after the Ōnin War.

Cast[edit]

Hino and Ashikaga
Hosokawa
Yamana
Imperial Court
Others

Ratings[edit]

The series, which only managed a 14.1% audience share during its run, had the notorious reputation of being the lowest-rated Taiga drama series in the franchise's history until it was surpassed by Taira no Kiyomori in 2012. Many blame the dark premises, the mysteries surrounding Hino Tomiko's family history, confusing disputes between her and Ashikaga Yoshimasa, and befuddling love scenes as the reasons why the drama failed.

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