The Hit Parade

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The Hit Parade


  • Title: ザ・ヒットパレード
  • Title (English): The Hit Parade
  • Tagline: ~芸能界を変えた男・渡辺晋物語~
  • Tagline (romaji): Geinokai wo Kaeta Otoko: Watanabe Susumu Monogatari
  • Format: Two-part tanpatsu
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2006-May-26 and 2006-May-27
  • Air time: Friday 21:00-22:54 and Saturday 21:00-22:52


A drama about the rise of Watanabe Productions and its influence, especially on television. The model for the modern Japanese talent agency or "production company," which dominates all aspects of show business in Japan, was created by the late Shin Watanabe and his wife, Misa, in 1955.

In 1948, Watanabe (Yanagiba Toshiro) was attending university and dreaming of becoming a musician. He and his friend Takashi Shimizu (Yoshida Eisaku) formed a jazz sextet and hired Misa (Tokiwa Takako), the daughter of a powerful talent agent, as their manager. However, after the Korean War, the popularity of jazz was eclipsed by rockabilly, and Shin and Misa decided to go with the flow, not as performers but as promoters.

The couple ended up representing some of the biggest music stars of the 1960s. However, it wasn't until Watanabe made a deal with Fuji TV to produce a weekly music show called "The Hit Parade" that his fortunes skyrocketed.

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