[2012 J-Drama] Ooku ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu Hen
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Posted 1/16/12 , edited 9/28/12

Title: Ooku ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu Hen
Date: Fridays, from 12th October 2012
Station: TBS

In the Edo era during the reign of the third shogun, a mysterious smallpox epidemic affects males only, causing the number of males to plummet to one-fourth of the population. The roles of males and females are reversed. Women run businesses and politics. A young girl takes the seat as the heir of the shogunate and becomes first female shogun. She is Tokugawa Iemitsu (Tabe Mikako). When Iemitsu turns 16, the pure-hearted Madenokoji Arikoto (Sakai Masato), who heads a temple, is threatened and forced to return to secular life. Together with his disciple Gyokuei (Tanaka Koki), he becomes one of the 3,000 handsome concubines that wait on the shogun in the inner palace.

Sakai Masato
as Madenokoji Arikoto

Tabe Mikako as Tokugawa Iemitsu

Tanaka Koki as Gyokuei

Hirayama Hiroyuki
Minamisawa Nao
Omi Toshinori
Danta Yasunori
Naito Takashi
Aso Yumi
Suruga Taro


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Posted 1/16/12
Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 1/23/12 , edited 1/23/12
This is a much better casting than the movie version. I'm sorry after reading the manga, I couldn't imagine at all nino in that part. So glad they did this version. Finally, they might do the manga right, hopefully...
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i like Mikako-chan
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Koki really becomes a Monk!

It has been announced that KAT-TUN‘s Koki Tanaka will play a monk named Gyoukei in the upcoming TBS drama “Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto. Iemitsu Hen” where Sakai Masato plays a priest named Arikoto. Gyoukei will served as a disciple to Arikoto who will joined him in the inner chamber with 3,000 men vying for the affection of the female shogun to be played by actress Tabe Mikako (Tokugawa Imetsu).

“Ooku” is a popular manga by Fumi Yoshinaga that was made into a movie back in 2010 which stars Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari and actress Kou Shibasaki.

The story revolves around an alternate history in Edo period wherein a mysterious plague affects only the male population. Due to the nature of the plague, male’s population have plummeted, which leads to a role reversal wherein females became more dominant than men. Female even hold the highest position at the time (Shogun) wherein only Shogun’s can keep a harem of handsome and unproductive men known as Ooku.

Furthermore, the drama will follow Vol.2 to 4 of the manga and will have another movie adaptation to be shown in theaters this December.

Co-starring are Yumi Asou, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Nao Minamisawa, Toshinori Omi, Yasunori Danta, and Takashi Naitou.

“Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto. Iemitsu Hen” will start this October 12th, 10:00PM (JST) at TBS.

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Production press conference of "Ooku ~ Tanjou (Ariko Iemitsu Hen)"

The production press conference of TBS autumn drama "Ooku ~ Tanjou (Ariko Iemitsu Hen)" was held at Shinjuku Picadelly which was attended by cast members including Sakai Masato, Tabe Mikako and KAT-TUN's Tanaka Koki. The drama which begins its run on 12 October, is a continuation from the 2010 Ooku movie starring Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari which depicts a reverse Ooku where the shogun is a female and is served by many men.
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