Yoshitsune (TV series)

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Yoshitsune
Genre Taiga drama
Directed by Mayuzumi Rintaro
Starring Hideaki Takizawa
Ken Matsudaira
Aya Ueto
Satomi Ishihara
Kiyotaka Nanbara
Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Atsushi Itō
Ken Kaitō
Hiroshi Abe
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Kazushige Nagashima
Ikkei Watanabe
Kayoko Shiraishi
Ren Osugi
Masanobu Katsumura
Shingo Tsurumi
Masaya Kato
Masao Kusakari
Akihiro Miwa
Mari Natsuki
Akira Nakao
Ichikawa Sadanji IV
Naomi Zaizen
Izumi Inamori
Nenji Kobayashi
Keiko Matsuzaka
Tetsurō Tamba
Mikijirō Hira
Kiichi Nakai
Hideki Takahashi
Tetsuya Watari
Narrated by Kayoko Shiraishi
Theme music composer Taro Iwashiro
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 49
Release
Original network NHK
Original release January 9 – December 11, 2005

Yoshitsune (義経) is a Japanese television drama series originally broadcast between 9 January and 11 December 2005, with a three-part special compilation being aired from 24 December to 25 December 2005. The 44th Taiga Drama, the original work is by Miyao Tomiko, screenplay by Kaneko Narito and starring Hideaki Takizawa.

Summary[edit]

In the Heiji Rebellion, Taira no Kiyomori defeats Minamoto no Yoshitomo. Yoshitomo flees the battle but betrayed by his own vassel and killed in Owari province. Yoritomo (one of Yoshitomo's sons)is captured but Kiyomori deciding to spare him banishes him to Izu. Yoshitomo's beloved concubine Tokiwa Gozen flees to Kyoto with their three children. After learning that Kiyomori has arrested her own mother, Tokiwa goes to him to plead for mercy. Kiyomori spares the lives of the children, sending the older two to temples, and bringing the youngest boy Ushiwaka, and Tokiwa, into his household. Treating him as his own child, Kiyomori receives criticism of his generous behavior towards Ushiwaka, the son of his enemy. Soon, he sends Ushiwaka to the Kurama temple where he is renamed Shanao. Shanao frequently escapes the temple at night, and this behavior makes it clear that he will not enter the priesthood. After learning the true identity of his father, of his Genji lineage, and of Kiyomori's plans to move against him he bids his mother farewell and travels northeast to Oshu.

While Kiyomori starts to build a dream city and international port in Fukuhara, he also starts to work his way into the Imperial Court, eventually marrying his daughter Tokiko to the Emperor. With this new power the Heike grow fierce and unpopular with the court and people of Kyoto. Shanao, now named Yoshitsune after his rite of manhood, is living under the guardianship of Fujiwara no Hidehira and decides to join his exiled brother Minamoto no Yoritomo and throws himself into the feud between the Heike and Genji.

Cast[edit]

Minamoto clan[edit]

Taira clan[edit]

Northern Fujiwara[edit]

Imperial Family[edit]

Awards[edit]

8th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix[1]

References[edit]