Smile (Japanese TV series)

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Smile スマイル
Directed byIshii Yasuharu
Toshio Tsuboi
StarringJun Matsumoto
Yui Aragaki
Kiichi Nakai
Shun Oguri
Theme music composerKosuke Yamashita
Opening themeAriamaru Tomi by Ringo Sheena
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes11 episodes
Producer(s)Katsuaki Setoguchi
Mahoko Takanari
Production location(s)Japan
Original networkTokyo Broadcasting System
Original releaseApril 17 –
June 26, 2009
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Smile (スマイル, Sumairu) is a television drama series, broadcast by TBS from April to June 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 focused on foreigners and mixed race children who suffered from racism.[1][2] [3]


Vito Hayakawa 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 Hana Mishima, 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 Ito, the issue begins to grow... Together, Vito, Hana, and Kazuma will go through challenging times and have to overcome many obstacles.[4]


Awards and nominations[edit]

13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix

Spring Awards 2009

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "スマイル(2009)" (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  2. ^ "椎名林檎、5年半ぶりのソロ新曲は松潤主演ドラマ主題歌" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  3. ^ "松潤フィリピンとのハーフ役でドラマ主演" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  4. ^ "MatsuJun, Gakky pair up for "Smile"". Tokyograph. Retrieved 2015-06-23.

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