Idaten (TV series)

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Idaten
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Written byKankurō Kudō
Directed byTsuyoshi Inoue (chief)
Starring
Narrated byTakeshi Kitano
Mirai Moriyama
Ryunosuke Kamiki
Theme music composerTatsuya Shimono
Opening theme"Idaten Main Theme" (「いだてんメインテーマ」)
Composer(s)Otomo Yoshihide
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes47
Production
Producer(s)Kei Kurube (chief)[1]
Takuya Shimizu
Running time45 minutes
Release
Original networkNHK
Original releaseJanuary 6 (2019-01-06) –
December 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)

Idaten (いだてん〜東京オリムピック噺〜) is a Japanese historical drama television series and the 58th NHK taiga drama. It stars Nakamura Kankurō VI and Sadao Abe as marathon runner Shiso Kanakuri and swimming coach Masaji Tabata respectively.[2][3] It began broadcasting in 2019 as part of the lead up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in which NHK is, under the Japan Consortium, principal co-host broadcaster. This drama is the 2nd ever post-war taiga drama in NHK history since Inochi: Life in 1986 and marks the 55th anniversary of the 1964 Summer Olympics, which the NHK broadcast; this is also the last series to premiere in the Heisei era and the first series to air during the Reiwa era.

Plot[edit]

The drama focuses on the stories of two Japanese Olympians from different times of the 20th century: marathon runner Shiso Kanakuri, who took part in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics and one of the first Japanese athletes to compete in the Games, and swimming coach Masaji Tabata, known as a founding father of Japanese swimming and was part of the successful efforts to bring the Olympics to Japan.[4]

Cast[edit]

Starring[edit]

  • Nakamura Kankurō VI as Shiso Kanakuri, a marathon runner
    • Rintarō Hisano as child Shiso
    • Daichirō Funamoto as teen Shiso
  • Sadao Abe as Masaji Tabata, a reporter and swimming coach
    • Sōma Yamatoki as young Masaji (early teens)
    • Yūya Hara as young Masaji (late teens and early twenties)

Kanakuri family[edit]

  • Nakamura Shidō II as Sanetsugu Kanakuri, Shiso's brother
  • Tomorowo Taguchi as Nobuhiko Kanakuri, Shiso's father
  • Yoshiko Miyazaki as Shie Kanakuri, Shiso's mother
  • Hisako Ōkata as Suma Kanakuri, Shiso's grandmother

Ikebe family[edit]

  • Haruka Ayase as Suya Haruno, Shiso's wife
    • Riri Harashima as young Suya
  • Shinobu Otake as Ikue Ikebe, Shiso's adoptive mother
  • Yō Takahashi as Shigeyuki Ikebe, Suya's deceased husband

Tabata family[edit]

  • Kumiko Asō as Kikue, Masaji's wife
  • Toshie Negishi as Ura Tabata, Masaji's mother
  • Haruka Uchimura as Shōkichi Tabata, Masaji's older brother
  • Ai Yoshikawa as Atsuko Tabata, Masaji's daughter

Mishima family[edit]

Shiso's friends[edit]

  • Hana Sugisaki as Shima, Gorin's grandmother, and Riku, Gorin's mother
  • Tasuku Emoto as Masuno, Shima's husband
  • Taiga Nakano as Masaru Komatsu, Gorin's father
  • Hiroki Miyake as Shinsaku Kurosaka (eps. 16 onwards)
  • Mayumi Satō as Chō Kurosaka, Shinsaku's wife
  • Ryo Katsuji as Hidenobu Mikawa
  • 201 Ami as Sanpo Toku

JOC / Japan Amateur Athletic Association[edit]

Japanese members of the IOC[edit]

Japan Swimming Federation[edit]

The people living in Asakusa[edit]

Asahi Shimbun[edit]

Tengu Club[edit]

Other athletes[edit]

Athletics pictogram.svg

Swimming pictogram.svg

Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg

Other Politicians[edit]

Foreigners[edit]

NHK[edit]

Other journalists[edit]

Other people related to the 1964 Summer Olympics[edit]

Others[edit]

Production[edit]

On November 16, 2016, NHK announced that its 58th taiga drama will be about Japan's participation in the Olympic Games from 1912 up to 1964, with Kankurō Kudō as writer and Tsuyoshi Inoue as chief director.[1][6] The drama series' title, Idaten: Tokyo Orinpikku-banashi (subtitle: "A Tale of the Tokyo Olympics"), was revealed on April 4, 2017.[7]

Casting[edit]

The main cast of the series was announced on November 1, 2017, which included Nakamura Kankurō VI, Sadao Abe, Haruka Ayase, Toma Ikuta, Hana Sugisaki, Kento Nagayama, and Ryo Katsuji among others.[8] The second cast announcement on November 29, 2017 included Takeshi Kitano as Kokontei Shinshō V.[9] The third cast announcement on March 30, 2018 included Tomorowo Taguchi, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Kenta Satoi, and Yō Takahashi.[10] The fourth cast announcement on December 14, 2018 included Gen Hoshino, Tori Matsuzaka, and Yutaka Matsushige.[11] The fifth cast announcement on March 5, 2019 included Shinobu Terajima, Yuina Kuroshima, Koharu Sugawara, and Itsuji Itao.[12] Two more cast announcements were done on April 24 and May 17, 2019.[13][14]

On March 12, 2019, actor-musician Masanori "Pierre" Taki, who portrayed the role of tabi craftsman Shinsaku Kurosaka, was arrested in Tokyo due to his admission of drug use. This came after authorities searched his home in Setagaya Ward and tested him positive for cocaine use from a urine sample.[15] He was eventually replaced by Hiroki Miyake in the series.[16]

TV schedule[edit]

Shiso Kanakuri Arc
Episode Title Directed by Original airdate Rating
1 "Yoakemae" (夜明け前, Before the Dawn) Tsuyoshi Inoue January 6, 2019 (2019-01-06) 15.5%
2 "Botchan" (坊っちゃん) January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13) 12.0%
3 "Bōken Sekai" (冒険世界) Takegorō Nishimura January 20, 2019 (2019-01-20) 13.2%
4 "Shōben Kozō" (小便小僧, Manneken Pis) Masae Ichiki January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27) 11.6%
5 "Ame ni mo Makezu" (雨ニモマケズ) Tsuyoshi Inoue February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03) 10.2%
6 "Оedo Nihonbashi" (お江戸日本橋) Takegorō Nishimura February 10, 2019 (2019-02-10) 9.9%
7 "Okashina Futari" (おかしな二人, The Odd Couple) Masae Ichiki February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17) 9.5%
8 "Teki wa Ikuman" (敵は幾万) Tsuyoshi Inoue February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) 9.3%
9 "Saraba Siberia Tetsudō" (さらばシベリア鉄道) Hitoshi Ōne March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03) 9.7%
10 "Manatsu no Yo no Yume" (真夏の夜の夢, A Midsummer Night's Dream) Takegorō Nishimura March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10) 8.7%
11 "Hyakunen no Kodoku" (百年の孤独, One Hundred Years of Solitude) March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17) 8.7%
12 "Taiyō ga Ippai" (太陽がいっぱい, Purple Noon) Masae Ichiki March 24, 2019 (2019-03-24) 9.3%
13 "Fukkatsu" (復活, Resurrection) Tsuyoshi Inoue March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31) 8.5%
14 "Shinsekai" (新世界, New World) Tsuyoshi Inoue and Hitoshi Ōne April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14) 9.6%
15 "Aa Kekkon" (あゝ結婚, Marriage Italian Style) Masae Ichiki April 21, 2019 (2019-04-21) 8.7%
16 "Berlin no Kabe" (ベルリンの壁, Berlin Wall) Hitoshi Ōne April 28, 2019 (2019-04-28) 7.1%
17 "Itsumo Futaride" (いつも2人で, Two for the Road) Masae Ichiki May 5, 2019 (2019-05-05) 7.7%
18 "Ai no Yume" (愛の夢, Liebesträume) Kensuke Matsuki May 12, 2019 (2019-05-12) 8.7%
19 "Hakone Ekiden" (箱根駅伝) Hitoshi Ōne May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19) 8.7%
20 "Koi no Katamichi-Kippu" (恋の片道切符, One Way Ticket) May 26, 2019 (2019-05-26) 8.6%
21 "Sakura no Sono" (櫻の園, The Cherry Orchard) Takegorō Nishimura June 2, 2019 (2019-06-02) 8.5%
22 "Venus no Tanjō" (ヴィーナスの誕生, The Birth of Venus) Satoshi Hayashi June 9, 2019 (2019-06-09) 6.7%
23 "Daichi" (大地, The Good Earth) Tsuyoshi Inoue June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) 6.9%
24 "Tane maku Hito" (種まく人, The Sower) Masae Ichiki June 23, 2019 (2019-06-23) 7.8%
Masaji Tabata Arc
25 "Jidai wa Kawaru" (時代は変わる, The Times They Are a-Changin') Tsuyoshi Inoue June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30) 8.6%
26 "Asu naki Bōsō" (明日なき暴走, Born to Run) Hitoshi Ōne July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07) 7.9%
27 "Kawarime" (替り目) July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14) 7.6%
28 "Hashire Daichi wo" (走れ大地を) Tomohiro Kuwano July 28, 2019 (2019-07-28) 7.8%
29 "Yume no California" (夢のカリフォルニア, California Dreamin') Takegorō Nishimura August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04) 7.8%
30 "Ōgon-kyō Jidai" (黄金狂時代, The Gold Rush) Yasuko Tsuda August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11) 5.9%
31 "Top of the World" (トップ・オブ・ザ・ワールド) Takegorō Nishimura August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18) 7.2%
32 "Dokusaisha" (独裁者, The Great Dictator) Hitoshi Ōne August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25) 5.0%
33 "Jingi naki Tatakai" (仁義なき戦い, Battles Without Honor and Humanity) Tomohiro Kuwano September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01) 6.6%
34 "226" (February 26 Incident) Masae Ichiki September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08) 9.0%
35 "Minzoku no Saiten" (民族の祭典, Olympia) Tsuyoshi Inoue September 15, 2019 (2019-09-15) 6.9%
36 "Maehata Gambare" (前畑がんばれ, Go Maehata!) Tsuyoshi Inoue and Hitoshi Ōne September 22, 2019 (2019-09-22) 7.0%
37 "Saigo no Bansan" (最後の晩餐, The Last Supper) Tsuyoshi Inoue September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29) 5.7%
38 "Nagai Owakare" (長いお別れ, The Long Goodbye) Takegorō Nishimura October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06) 6.2%
39 "Natsukashi no Manshū" (懐かしの満州) Hitoshi Ōne and Naoki Watanabe October 13, 2019 (2019-10-13) 3.7%[17]
40 "Back to the Future" (バック・トゥ・ザ・フューチャー) Tsuyoshi Inoue October 27, 2019 (2019-10-27) 7.0%
41 "Ore ni Tsuitekoi!" (おれについてこい!) Masae Ichiki November 3, 2019 (2019-11-03) 6.6%
42 "Tokyo Nagaremono" (東京流れ者, Tokyo Drifter) Takashi Kitano November 10, 2019 (2019-11-10) 6.3%
43 "Help!" (ヘルプ!) Yasuko Tsuda November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17) 6.1%
44 "Boku tachi no Shippai" (ぼくたちの失敗, Our Mistake) Hitoshi Ōne November 24, 2019 (2019-11-24) 6.1%
45 "Hi no Tori" (火の鳥, The Firebird) Masae Ichiki December 1, 2019 (2019-12-01) 6.1%
46 "Honō no Runner" (炎のランナー, Chariots of Fire) Takegorō Nishimura December 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)
47 "Jikan yo Tomare" (時間よ止まれ) Tsuyoshi Inoue December 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Idaten Taiga Drama Original Soundtrack (Release date: March 6, 2019)[18]
  • Idaten Taiga Drama Original Soundtrack Part Two (Release date: July 24, 2019)[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "《2019年大河ドラマ》出演者発表 第4弾!1月6日(日)「いだてん」いよいよ開幕!". NHK (in Japanese). NHK. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  12. ^ "《2019年大河ドラマ》出演者発表 第5弾!金栗四三篇・後半 女子スポーツが開花する!". NHK (in Japanese). NHK. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  13. ^ "出演者発表 第6弾!第2部・田畑政治篇 ~昭和の幕があがり、舞台は水泳へ!~". NHK (in Japanese). NHK. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  14. ^ "出演者発表 第7弾!第2部・田畑政治篇 ~1940年、幻の東京オリンピック~". NHK (in Japanese). NHK. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
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  16. ^ Kida, Yukinori (March 2019). "On the historical Taiga drama "Idaten"". NHK Corporate Information. NHK. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  17. ^ "NHK大河「いだてん」第39話視聴率は過去最低3・7% 裏番組のラグビー中継影響か". Sports Hochi. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "「いだてん」サントラCD(音楽:大友良英)2019年3月6日発売!". HMV & Books Online (in Japanese). Lawson Entertainment, Inc. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  19. ^ "大友良英、大河ドラマ「いだてん」サントラ後編と『GEKIBAN2』を同時リリース". CDJournal (in Japanese). CDJournal. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Official Site (in Japanese) (The program website of The Taiga Drama‟ IDATEN” is limited to browsing in Japan only.)
  • Idaten on IMDb