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Karei naru Ichizoku

Details

  • Title: 華麗なる一族
  • Title (romaji): Karei naru Ichizoku
  • Title (English): The Grand Family (TBS)
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Human drama, finance, romance
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 23.9
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Broadcast period: 2007-Jan-14 to 2007-Mar-18
  • Air time: Sunday 21:00
  • Theme songs:

Synopsis

Originally a novel by Yamazaki Toyoko, and later a 1974 movie, Karei naru Ichizoku depicts the conflicts within the Manpyo family, famous in Kansai's financial circles, amidst the tumultuous reorganization of the financial industry of the late 1960s. Unlike the book, the eldest son, Teppei, and not the father, Daisuke, is the central character of the drama.

This drama is set in the late 1960s decade of Japan and depicts the rivalry between Manpyo Daisuke (Kitaoji Kinya), a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei (Kimura Takuya), the executive managing director of a steel firm. For reasons not yet entirely clear, Daisuke seems to dislike his own son and when Teppei finds out why, the Manpyo family is turned upside down.

Cast

Correlation Chart

Production Credits

Episode Information

Episode Subtitles Kanto Kansai Nationwide
01 The Grand Family 27.7 30.5  ??.?
02 Truths and Tragedies of the Past 21.8 28.7  ??.?
03 Destined to be Torn Apart 23.5 30.8  ??.?
04 A Sad Betrayal 23.0 27.3  ??.?
05 A Death that Split Fates 21.2 26.9  ??.?
06 Collapse of the Manpyo Clan 23.5 30.4  ??.?
07 The Tragic Furnace Explosion 21.1 29.9  ??.?
08 The Truth Behind Teppei's Birth 21.6 29.5  ??.?
09 Finale, Part I: A Father-and-Son Battle on the Verge of Death 24.9 30.5  ??.?
10 Finale, Part II: A Determined Death... Towards the Future 30.4 39.8  ??.?
Average -- 23.9 30.4  ??.?

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

Awards

Review

Karei Naru Ichizoku, The Perfect Family, is different from any other dorama nowadays, in every aspect. Even though it was stated "Romance" in the genre section above, the 2007 TBS drama is very much about father-son love-hate saga. Daisuke and Teppei Manpyo. While Daisuke (Kitaooji) tries to tackle every move his chonan (Kimura) make, Teppei struggle to succeed. In order to catch a glimpse of attention from his stubborn cold hearted oyaji. The 10 episode drama cast many famous names, even as cameo or small part. Whoever they are, they act superb and convincing. Especially the antagonist role. like the opportunist Mima (Nakamura), slick mistress Takasu Aiko (Suzuki), But the biggest applause belongs to Mr. Kimura, who excellently play a hopeless Manpyo chonan, unlike his other role in will-be-hot-job-related-drama. Although the plot twist is not something that we haven't seen in any other story, the final episode is magnificent. It answers every question. It brings tears of sadness, of joy, and of hope. No doubt watching this visually detailed drama will bring memories of old US soap opera. But I suppose this quality jidai drama will set new standart in Japan. The Perfect family is the perfect drama that should be given "Drama of the year" award! (by Ultranguik)

Notes

  • Although the story is set in the late 1960s in Japan, computers, printers, and even LCD which didn't exist in that era appear in episode 1.

External Links




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Teppan Shoujo Akane!! Sunday 21:00 Jodan ja nai!

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