Yamada Tarō Monogatari

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Yamada Tarō Monogatari
Yamada Tarō Monogatari cover.jpeg
Cover of volume 1.
Written by Ai Morinaga
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Original run 19962000
Volumes 14
Television drama
Directed by Yasuharu Ishii
Daisuke Yamamuro
Ryutaro Kawashima
Original network TBS
Original run July 2007September 2007
Episodes 10
Television drama
Produced by Angie Chai
Original network Chinese Television System
Original run 11 August 2001 (2001-08-11)8 November 2001 (2001-11-08)
Episodes 45
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Yamada Tarō Monogatari (山田太郎ものがたり, Yamada Tarō Monogatari, literally, Yamada Tarō Story) is a Japanese manga series created by Ai Morinaga. The manga series, published by Kadokawa Shoten, ran from 1996-2000 with a total of fourteen volumes. After the regular series ended the author came out with another special volume about the other siblings within the Yamada Family called The Tale of the Yamada Family. A Japanese television drama series adaptation was broadcast in 2007.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Tarō Yamada is smart, athletic, and very handsome. He seems perfect on the outside, but he's actually dirt poor due to his mother's reckless spending habits and his always-gone father. Although never once does he admit it, everyone at school thinks he is a very humble rich boy because of his good looks. However, at home, he must care for his six younger siblings, who share a one-bedroom place with him and his mother.

Live-action drama[edit]

Taiwanese TV drama[edit]

The manga was adapted into a 45 episode Taiwanese drama titled Poor Prince (Chinese: 貧窮貴公子; pinyin: Ping Qiong Gui Gong Zi) starring Vic Zhou, Ken Chu, Annie Yi, Edward Ou and Will Liu. It was produced by Comic Ritz International Production (可米瑞智國際藝能有限公司) and Angie Chai (柴智屏) as producer. It was broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Chinese Television System (CTS) (華視) from 11 August to 8 November 2001.

Japanese TV drama[edit]

山田太郎ものがたり / Yamada Tarō Monogatari : Tale of Yamada Tarō
From July to September 2007, Japanese television network TBS aired a dramatization of the story, starring Kazunari Ninomiya as Tarō and Shō Sakurai as Takuya, Tarō's wealthy best friend who occasionally offers Taro a helping hand. The Japanese version of the drama has received higher ratings and is generally more popular than the Taiwanese version. The opening theme song is "Happiness" by Arashi, the Japanese musical group, which the two stars are members of.


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