- Title: バンビーノ!
- Title (romaji): Bambino!
- Format: Renzoku
- Episodes: 11
- Viewership ratings: 14.2 (Kanto)
- Broadcast network: NTV
- Broadcast period: 2007-Apr-18 to 2007-Jun-27
- Air time: Wednesday 22:00
- Theme song: We can make it! by Arashi
A drama adaptation of a popular comic written by Sekiya Tetsuji. After a year of working at a neighborhood Italian restaurant, Ban Shogo (Matsumoto Jun), an enthusiastic, cocky young college student from Fukuoka, comes to Tokyo to perfect his cooking skills as a chef in Italian cuisine. He discovers he has much to learn and has to continually prove himself to the very competitive, quick and efficient staff at the upscale Italian restaurant.
- Matsumoto Jun as Ban Shogo
- Karina as Hibino Asuka
- Sato Ryuta as Katori Nozomi
- Uchida Yuki as Shishido Miyuki
- Sasaki Kuranosuke as Kuwabara Atsushi
- Kitamura Kazuki as Yonamine Tsukasa
- Ichimura Masachika as Shishido Tekkan
- Hosshan (ほっしゃん。) as Oda Toshio
- Mukai Osamu as Senoo Masashi
- Komatsu Ayaka as Minakawa Kozue
- Yamamoto Kei as Endo Susumu
- Fukiishi Kazue as Takahashi Eri
- Sasaki Takao (佐々木崇雄) as Nagai Hirokazu
- Sato Yusuke as Takanashi Hiroshi
- Aso Kosuke (麻生幸佑) as Shibata Kenichiro
- Toda Keiko as Nogami Kyoko (eps. 5-7)
- Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as Hayama Yasuhide (ep. 7)
- Original writing: Sekiya Tetsuji (せきやてつじ)
- Screenwriter: Okada Yoshikazu
- Producer: Kato Masatoshi
- Director: Otani Taro, Murase Ken, Asai Chizu
- Music: Kanno Yugo
|Ratings (Kansai)||Ratings (Nationwide)|
|01||Work is not that easy||16.6||??.?||??.?|
|02||I don't want to lose||15.0||??.?||??.?|
|03||Tears... Last day||13.7||??.?||??.?|
|04||The path that must be taken||14.0||??.?||??.?|
|05||What's that about love?||14.6||??.?||??.?|
|07||What can I do for another person?||13.2||??.?||??.?|
|08||Let me do something||13.6||??.?||??.?|
|09||The door to becoming a chef!!||13.7||??.?||??.?|
|10||Everyone is a Bambino!||13.8||??.?||??.?|
Source: Video Research, Ltd.
- 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - Matsumoto Jun
- 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Kitamura Kazuki
- 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Director
- 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Special Award
- The main character's nickname is Bambi, the word "bambino" means "baby", or "playful baby" as the author intended to use it.
- Because the main character's from Hakata, Fukuoka, Matsumoto Jun is practicing Hakata dialect (Hakata-ben). Also, he is going to speak Italian.