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[2012 J-Drama] Osozaki no Himawari
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Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei, Renewal
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, from 23rd October 2012
Station: Fuji TV


Synopsis:
Kodaira Jotaro (Ikuta Toma) is a youth of today who lives from day to day reasonably contented and anxious as a temporary worker. But one day, when he should have been hired as a full-fledged employee in recognition of his steady work performance, his company unexpectedly downsizes by laying off its part-time and temporary workers. His unemployment is the catalyst for the break up with his girlfriend of 7 years. Jotaro returns to his family whom he has grown apart from, but it is not a place where he can be himself with the presence of his reliable younger brother who works at the local government office. Just as Jotaro is ready to despair, he suddenly learns of the activities of the Kochi Shimanto ‘Area Revitalisation Cooperation Volunteers’ through the internet. Taking an interest in it, he decides to live in Shimanto City which he is a complete stranger to. Kahori (Maki Yoko) works at leading edge medical department for cancer as a houseman after graduating from a famous private Tokyo medical college. This has been her dream since high school days. However, one day, she is asked by her supervising doctor to transfer and is sent to her hometown of Shimanto City to be a clinician at the municipal hospital. With her dream is shattered, a despondent Kahori happens to ride on the same train bound for Kochi as Jotaro. Because of that incident, Jotaro feels a sense of affinity as fellow friends who have left Tokyo, but his optimism rubs Kahori the wrong way.


Cast:
Ikuta Toma
as Kodaira Joutarou


Maki Yoko as Nikaidou Kahori


Kiritani Kenta as as Fujii Junichi


Kashii Yu as Morishita Ayaka


Emoto Tasuku as Matsumoto Hiroki
Kimura Fumino as Imai Haruna
Kuninaka Ryoko as Shimada Sayori
Matsushige Yutaka as Kusaka Tetsuya
Taguchi Junnosuke


Official Website:
wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/osozakino_himawari




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Ikuta Toma starring in FujiTV autumn 2012 drama "Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei, Renewal ~




Ikuta Toma will be starring in the FujiTV autumn 2012 drama "Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei, Renewal ~ " (The late-blooming sunflower ~ renewal of my life) which is due to be shown at 9pm on Tuesdays. This will be Ikuta's first drama leading role in three and a half years.

The story will be set in Shimantogawa, Kochi Prefecture, where 7 young men and women lead ordinary lives and still harbour dreams about their futures while being uneasy about their current situation. Ikuta plays the role of Jotaro who is a contract worker about to be converted to a permanent employee but his contract gets terminated just before that. At the same time, Jotaro gets dumped by his girlfriend and he then decides to join the regional rejuvenation group in Shimantogawa where he meets six other young people played by Maki Youko, Kiritani Kenta, Kashii Yu, Emoto Tasuku, Kimura Fumino and Kuninaka Ryoko.
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Ikuta Toma to star in new drama ‘Osozaki no Himawari’



On August 29th, Fuji TV has announced that actor Ikuta Toma will star in their upcoming fall drama ‘Osozaki no Himawari ~Boku no Jinsei, Renewal~‘ (lit. ‘Late Blooming Sunflower ~My Life, Renewal~’). It will be his first starring role in a drama series in three and a half years.

The drama is set at the beautiful Shimanto River in the Kochi prefecture and revolves around a group of seven men and women and the unfolding of their lives.

Ikuta plays a man named ‘Joutarou’, who’s a typical example of the so-called ‘lost generation’ in Japan. The term ‘lost generation’ refers to people who face a scarcity of employment right after graduating from school and therefore are left without any real perspective. He was lucky to find a regular employment, but it didn’t last long and he was laid off due to downsizing. Around the same time he was also dumped by his girlfriend. Fed up with his life, he somehow ends up in a ‘revitalization group’ of the Shimanto River area in Kochi.

Fuji TV already produced similar dramas about different individuals living together at the countryside such as ‘Kita no Kuni kara‘ (1981~2002) set in Furano, Hokkaido and ‘Hakusen Nagashi‘ (1996) set in Matsumoto, Nagano, which were very popular at the time. It seems, they are now aiming to transfer the same concept into the current generation.

Ikuta commented, “There have already been many great dramas about unique groups of people living together in regional towns. I want this drama to prove that our generation can create something just as wonderful as those masterpieces and meet everyone’s expectations of a drama about a youthful crowd.”

Actress Maki Yoko will play the heroine in the drama. You can also look forward to the appearances by Kiritani Kenta, Kashii Yu, Emoto Tasuku, Kimura Fumino, and Kuninaka Ryoko, as well.

‘Osozaki no Himawari ~Boku no Jinsei, Renewal~’ will air every Tuesday at 9:00 pm, starting sometime in October.
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Mr.Children to sing theme song for autumn drama "Osozaki no Himawari Boku no Jinsei Renewal"



Mr.Children will be singing the theme song for autumn 2012 drama "Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei Renewal" which is due to begin its run on 23rd October at 9pm. This will be the second consecutive season which the band is singing a drama theme song as they had also done the same for summer drama "Tokkan". The theme song titled "Joutouku" (Cliche) talks about the apprehension, dreams and troubles facing young people.
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Ikuta Ryusei to act in "Osozaki no Himawari Boku no Jinsei Renewal"



Ikuta Toma's younger brother and FujiTV announcer Ikuta Ryusei will be making his acting debut in his elder brother's autumn drama "Osozaki no Himawari ~ Boku no Jinsei, Renewal ~" as the younger brother of Toma's character Kodaira Jotaro. Ryusei plays the role of Keitaro who in contrast with Jotaro, decided to stay in his hometown to work as a civil servant after graduating from a local university and already has a family with children as compared to his elder brother who went to Tokyo but is still single and has no permanent job.
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