Onna no Ichidaiki

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  • Title: 女の一代記
  • Title (romaji): Onna no Ichidaiki
  • Also known as: A Woman's Biography
  • Genre: Human fiction based on real facts
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Theme song: Inochi no Relay, by Nakajima Miyuki


Onna no Ichidaiki (Renzoku)
  • Episodes: 3 (in separate story format)
  • Broadcast period: 2005-Nov-24 through 2005-Nov-26 (three nights)
  • Air time: 21:00


The real-life experiences of three famous women over the last century.

The First Night

Onna no Ichidaiki: Setouchi Jakucho
  • Title: 『瀬戸内寂聴~出家とは生きながら死ぬこと』
  • Title (romaji): "Setouchi Jakucho: Shukke to wa Ikinagara Shinu Koto"
  • Viewership ratings: 18.5%

The first night retells the story of Setouchi Harumi, a woman with a troubled history of divorce and adultery who eventually abandons her family and leaves for Tokyo to devote herself to writing. She becomes involved in an affair with novelist Kosugi Shingo and with his help she wins a literature contest and succeeds in getting her first novel published. The drama recounts the events that shaped Harumi into today's Setouchi Jakucho, a well-respected writer and Buddhist nun.


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The Second Night

Onna no Ichidaiki: Koshiji Fubuki
  • Title: 『越路吹雪・愛の生涯~この命燃えつきるまで私は歌う』
  • Title (romaji): "Koshiji Fubuki: Ai no Shougai ~ Kono Inochi Moetsukiru made Watashi wa Utau"
  • Viewership ratings: 19.8%

The second night follows the life story of Koshiji Fubuki, a woman who lives and breathes music and theatre. As a member of the Takarazuka Revue, she comes to know Iwatani Tokiko, who works behind-the-scenes for the theatre troupe, and the two become intimate friends. When Koshiji decides to leave Takarazuka for the world of cinema, Iwatani joins her as her manager. The drama depicts Koshiji's early struggle as a singer and eventual rise to national fame, and the manager who stood behind the curtain supporting her throughout her career.


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The Final Night

Onna no Ichidaiki: Sugimura Haruko
  • Title: 『悪女の一生~芝居と結婚した女優・杉村春子の生涯~』
  • Title (romaji): "Akujo no Isshou: Shibai to Kekkon Shita Joyuu, Sugimura Haruko no Shougai"
  • Viewership ratings: 15.9%

The final night follows the story of Nakano Haruko, a young girl with a love for the theatre, born into a family that runs a residence for geisha. After discovering that she is actually the illegimate daughter of a geisha, she strikes out on her own, heading for Tokyo to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. The story depicts two facets of Nakano's life: one as the star actress of the Japanese stage, Sugimura Haruko, and one as a woman yearning for love and family.


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Onna no Ichidaiki: Mukai Chiaki
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  • Title: 女の一代記『向井千秋』
  • Title (romaji): Onna no Ichidaiki: Mukai Chiaki
  • Tagline: ~夢を宇宙に追いかけた人~ / Yume wo Uchuu ni Oikaketa Hito
  • Format: Tanpatsu
  • Episodes: 1
  • Viewership ratings: 9.7%
  • Broadcast period: 2007-Jan-12
  • Air time: 21:00~23:07


This special retells the story of Mukai Chiaki, an upbeat woman with a can-do attitude. Overturning the stereotypical image of women, she ventures into the field of medicine as a surgeon, a profession dominated by men. But one day she realizes she has even bigger dreams and sets her eyes on becoming the first Japanese woman to go to outer space.


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