No hobbies, no friends, no lover… No reason to live.
Kouki, a convenience store worker who lives every day out of habit, gets stabbed by a delinquent. When this happens, he sees a beautiful, pure white angel as his consciousness drifts further away. He thought the time had come, but he then finds himself fully healed at home with the angel. The angel's rude attitude bewilders Kouki. However, Kouki decides to let the angel stay at his place for now, taking pity on the angel who has lost both his memories and his wings. The two slowly become like brothers as the angel learns about Kouki's past and his feelings. Then, they learn that the angel was a middle schooler who committed suicide at the same exact time and place as Kouki's stabbing incident, so they decide to find out why the angel chose death.
Learning their past in detail, the two begin to enjoy to the fullest what had been an unfortunate life. The amusement park, traveling, the zoo, and sometimes even pachinko and the hostess bar!
Kouki's kindness helps the angel form beautiful wings so he can fly, and the angel goes on to heaven after imparting one final message to Kouki, the one who has shown him kindness: Thank you.
Suddenly losing his beloved angel, Kouki crumbles. Remembering what the angel gave him, and what he gave to the angel, he is unable to stop crying.
However, the angel left after granting his wish to be loved. Kouki was able to feel, “Life isn't all that bad,” because there were things that were within his power.
He decides to live on until the day he can meet the angel again.
Can a once-famous actor make a successful comeback?!
Daigoro Atsumori was a great actor, formerly known as “the king of two-hour suspense”. However, as time passes, TV stations no longer make two-hour dramas, and now he hasn’t had a role for more than one year.
One day there comes a woman in front of him. Yukari Yoshida used to work for a major talent agency as a competent manager. She returns to her job as his manager after she was forced out of the industry for some reason seven years ago.
“I will definitely make you comeback!”
While being swayed by bigoted and outdated Atsumori, she gets jobs for him one after another with her enthusiasm.
Will he ever be able to become “king” once again?
This is a human comedy about a man struggling to start over in life.
A strict but loving Grandma solves a myriad of issues for the people around her!
Miki Doumeki lives in a small rural village surrounded by abundant nature and beautiful scenery. After becoming a widow at an early age, she’s spent many years working as a leader in her village. A handsome, intelligent woman in her 70s, she’s incredibly spry, with perfect posture.
Whenever a problem arises, her neighbors all rush to Miki for advice.
When faced with two bickering villagers:
“Your plum tree is ruining my view!”
“Well, your cherry blossom tree is an eyesore, too!” Miki’s response is simple.
“Then, I’ll cut down both of your trees!” Strangely enough, after being reminded of how joyful it is to watch the seasons change through the blossoming of different trees, both neighbors cease their arguing and calm down.
One spring, Miki’s son moves himself and his family back to the village after living in the city and she comes face to face with her 6 year old granddaughter, Ako. Despite Miki’s severe personality and intimidating presence, the little girl seems intent on befriending her...
Ran Kagura (age 29) was once a talented child performer. She grew up and became an attorney, but she couldn’t save her best friend who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Ran has disappeared from the legal circles since then. A year later, an online legal column catches people’s attention. It is written by someone by the same name, Ran Kagura, who is now widely praised as an outstanding and undefeated attorney. Then the author of the column shows up before Ran. The mysterious man introduces himself as Jin Kurosawa (age 40) and the “genius scriptwriter.” Ran decides to go back to law and, with the help of Jin’s scriptwriting skill, prove her best friend’s innocence. There is the mystery surrounding the case of Ran’s best friend whom she once failed, and another mystery that Jin seems to hold. The two mysteries intertwine, their truths gradually come to light, and they eventually lead to one bigger case.
“Act out the invincible script and overturn everything in this world.”
The former child star turned never-give-up attorney and the brusque “genius” scriptwriter make an unlikely pair, and they work together to find the truths buried “between the lines.” What they save is the future of those seeking help!
This is a completely original theatrical legal mystery series!
Death is a fickle thing that can come at any moment... In a narrow dimension bridging the world of the living with that of the dead called the “Other Side of Farewell,” a certain man awaits the souls of the people who passed away. Seemingly aloof, he makes them an offer. All the people whose souls found their way to the “Other Side of Farewell” are given an opportunity to say their goodbyes to one person before they have to move on 24 hours later. However, there’s one condition... That person cannot be aware that they’re dead yet. Parents and their children, married couples, people who hold feelings for each other... See how Fumie Mizuhashi, one of Japan’s most prominent TV and film writers in the human drama genre, along with Yoshihiro Fukagawa, a director of many touching films, weave bittersweet yet heartwarming stories of love.
Kuzumichi Tsuji is a “Good man” who has a good reputation for his work. He has casual relations with two women in his workplace, however, he feels kind of bore for dull days without excitement. He has never fallen in love with someone from the bottom of his heart.
One day, he meets a mysterious woman named Ukiyo (means “transitory world”) and saves her life who was about to die in a railroad crossing because of her car’s engine problem. Ukiyo is beautiful, but her off-guard attitude causes lots of problems for other people including Tsuji. Though he notices her troublesome nature, he unconsciously gets involved with her. Gradually Tsuji comes to have a dangerous relationship with underworld figures. Even he loses usual life style, he is willing to save Ukiyo, but that leads him to an even worse situation.
Love until death do us apart, but the time is ticking towards its limit.
Takuma has a heart disease and the doctor tells him he won’t be able to live up to 20 years old. He and the doctor’s daughter Mayu are friends from their childhood. When they were children, Takuma asked her to marry him and Mayu answered, “Promise to marry me when we become twenty!”
Takuma had never questioned his future with Mayu until he found out that he won’t be able to live long. Ever since Mayu found about Takumi’s life expectancy when she was still a child, she has devoted her life to find out a way to save Takuma. The one and only wish of Takuma and Mayu is that they can live their lives with the person they truly love, that is together.
This is a story of two high school students bound by love but facing the time limit of life; a heart aching but beautiful love story where a young couple struggles to fight against their destiny to make their dream come true.
One day at the end of winter, two high school boys ran into each other.
Shun, a high school student who visited his father in Enoshima island and Nagisa, who love surfing hiding away in Enoshima island. Their friendship gradually changes in love. The two high school boys struggle to find their true feelings of love for each other. Finally they notice they are in love.
Loving someone is normal but it also shapes your life forever.
It is an awkward and frustrating time but also one of the purest love stories of all time.
「2006年 冬の終わり。 ボクの前に、カレが現れた。そして、ボクとカレの物語が始まった―。」
Ritsu Okazaki was abandoned by his mother when a child and has since scraped out a seedy life in the only place that will comfortably accept him: the underworld. But one fateful day, Ritsu incurs a serious-head injury during a scuffle, and is informed by a doctor that he could go at any moment. With time running out, he sets out to find his mother, Reiko Hyuga. What he finds, however, is a happy and wealthy woman who spends her time lavishing love on another son named Satoru. Ritsu is torn between feelings of jealous hatred and yearning for the love of his mother. That’s when he’s reunited with Rinka, a girl he’d helped before. But Rinka has long been in love with Satoru, a childhood friend, but she has kept those feelings to herself. A mother and two sons, a girl and two men: two love triangles that intersect and clash to produce a bittersweet love story.
어릴적 어머니에게 버려져 불우한 환경에서 자라온 오카자키 리쓰. 밑바닥 생활의 그의 거처는 어느새 지하세계밖에 없었다. 어느날 리쓰는 사건에 휘말려 머리에 치명적인 상처를 입고 언제 죽을지 모르는 상태가 된다. 적어도 마지막으로 효도를 하고 싶다며 어머니 휴가 레이코를 찾아 나서지만, 그가 본것은 가난때문에 자신을 버렸을거라 여긴 어머니가 아들 사토루에게 넘치는 애정을 쏟는 모습이었다. 유복하고 행복해보이는 두사람의 모습에 몹시 놀라는 리쓰는 어머니에 대한 그리움과 증오심에 갈등한다. 그런 어느날 우연한 일로 도움을 준 미타 린카와 재회한다. 린카는 어릴적부터 친구인 사토루를 짝사랑하지만 자신의 마음을 숨긴채 외로움을 안고 있다. 어머니와 두 아들, 한 여자와 두 남자. 두개의 삼각관계가 교차하는 슬픈 러브스토리.
マザーズ2017 – 野宿の妊婦
This heart-warming drama is based on an episode that is currently taking place at an agency that helps to arrange special adoptions (“tokubetsu-yoshiengumi” in Japanese), a system in which the happiness of the children comes first.
Takako Okuda (Shigeru Muroi), the head of “Smile Baby”, a non-profit organization that helps arrange special adoptions, helped Madoka Sakamoto (Alice Hirose) who is homeless and 9 months pregnant. She has been living off of coins she picks up from underneath vending machines, eating instant noodles, and drinking water from public parks. Despite Takako looking out for her, Madoka, needing quick cash, went to Shun Nonogaki (Masato Wada), an agent who uses on-line marketing to solicit expecting mothers with the offer: “we will give you 150,000 yen per month until you give birth if you give the infant up for adoption.”
Madoka soon feels anxious because of what she feels is Nonogaki’s insincere attitude and she petitions to cancel but is threatened that she would have to repay twice the money she had received if she cancelled and is left with nowhere else to go. Takako manages to find the pregnant Madoka, who had disappeared suddenly, and tries to help her keep from having to turn over her baby to Nonogaki…
This situation makes Takako’s adopted daughter, Megumi (Yuuki Yagi) who has become a high school student, begin to think strongly about who gave birth to her and where she came from. She sees herself in Madoka’s unborn baby who is to be adopted into an unknown kind of family through Nonogaki’s agency, and she is determined to ask her adopted mother, Takako, about her biological mother. But…
From a mother who cannot raise to another mother who wants to foster…
Rin Tanabe is a popular television newscaster for a morning show, but behind her smiles is profound anxiety about fertility treatment. Although she eventually decided to give up on the treatment, she still could not accept the reality of “a life without a child.”
One day, through her job, Rin comes across a non-profit organization called “Smile Baby,” an agency that helps to arrange special adoption (“tokubetsu-yoshiengumi” in Japanese.)
Rin visits “Smile Baby” for a TV interview and meets Takako, the head of the organization. Learning more about the reality of these types of situations, Rin begins to feel that she wants to help those born from an unwanted pregnancy...
“I am scared of the child in my tummy…confesses Asako, a high-school sophomore who got pregnant as a result of child abuse. What can bring light to Asako’s closed heart…”
This is the second edition of Chukyo TV’s 45th anniversary Drama, Mothers.
After gathering a great deal of information and case studies regarding special adoptions, Chukyo drafted an original script giving extensive coverage to these situations after determining that the gathered material can best be portrayed through drama.
The story for “Mothers 2015 The 17 year-old birth mother” is based on a true story.
Principal character of this drama is Asako, a high-school sophomore. She became pregnant unexpectedly as a result of sexual abuse by her mother’s boyfriend. This abuse has deeply wounded her physically and emotionally in ways that will last her entire life. Betrayed, even by her beloved mother Asako blocked her memory of the abuse and shut her mind in despair. Accompanied by a class teacher, she visited the house called “Smile Baby” run by an NPO that assists pregnant women who cannot raise their babies for various reasons.
Through 3 mothers (the birth mother, the foster mother, and Takako, the head of the NPO who connects the two others through special adoption. The story raises fundamental questions, “What is life?” and “What is motherhood?”
“I have three mothers. Mother who gave me a birth, Mother who raised me up. And, Mother who connected me with the two mothers.”
This is the story about a boy who grew up with no idea at all he was an adopted child until he is 19 years old. He learns hardships his mothers had to come through while exploring his past at the house called “Smile Baby” run by an NPO that secures pregnant women who cannot raise their babies for various reasons.
This story is based on the CTV’s *awarded original documentary program that discloses truth of adoption issues in Japan. “What is a family?” -the story brings about fundamental questions, while telling you realities behind adoption. The shooting was taken place solely in Tokai region. Along with the touching story about the delicate social issue you can feel the local” smell and taste” of Chukyo Area.
*The facts-and-research-based documentary was awarded Grand Prix of Japan Broadcast Culture Awards in November, 2014.
Late summer 1972. Truck driver, Yasu, is in the highest spirits singing to himself while working and restraining himself from his favorite hobbies of drinking and gambling. The reason? His wife is about to give birth to a son. Yasu himself never had parents to speak of, his mother having died while he was very young, and his father having abandoned him. Yasu's wife, Misako, also lost both her parents when she was young. And so the two spend their days in happiness, protecting and watching their son, Akira, grow. Until an unforeseen tragedy strikes when Akira is only 3. A freakish accident occurs that results in Misako sacrificing her life to protect her son. Yasu loses himself in grief and remorse, but recovers when he vows to raise the son he loves as best as possible even as it tests the limits of his wits and abilities. Though forced to battle feelings of anxiety, confusion and helplessness, Yasu clumsily yet honestly manages to rear his son with the support of friends in this moving tale of ultimate love between father and son.
1972년 여름. 트럭운전수인 야스는 곧 태어날 아이를 만날 들뜬 기분에 열심히 일을 하며 좋아하는 술과 도박도 끊 었다. 어린시절 어머니를 여의고 아버지에게 버려진 야스는 자신과 같은 처지인 아내 미사코 사이에 태어난 아키라의 성장을 지켜보며 행복한 나날을 보내고 있다. 아키라가 3살이 됐을 무렵 갑작스런 비극이 찾아온다. 휴일, 혼자서 일 하고 있던 야스의 회사에 놀러온 미사코와 아키라는 뜻밖의 사고를 당하고 아키라를 감싸던 미사코가 죽는다. 후회와 슬픔에 잠기는 야스. 하지만 야스는 사랑하는 아들을 키우기 위해 배운것도 가진것도 없지만 그만의 지혜와 노력으로 서투르지만 아키라를 돌본다. 아버지와 아들의 가족사랑을 그린 작품.
1972年的夏末，卡車司機「市川安男」的第一個兒子即將出產。心情愉悅的他不僅戒了長年的酒癮也不再亂惹事，邊哼着歌邊努力地工作。自幼亡母且也被父親拋棄的安男與自幼父母雙亡的妻子「美佐子」同病相憐並產下一子「市川旭」， 兩人一同守望著旭的成長幸福地過著日子。好景不常，在旭三歲時發生了悲劇…美佐子和旭在假日造訪安男工作時不慎發生了意外， 美佐子為保護旭而去世。充滿後悔和悲傷的安男還是振作精神，在完全沒有育兒知識下煩惱疑惑裡，靠著朋友的幫助ㄧ同養育深愛的兒子。這是一部描述極致感人的家族愛父子劇。
This heartwarming and touching drama is based on the true story of Ms. Terenin Akiko.
「It’s fun to fall in love!」Akiko attempts to give her daughter love advice in this book as if talking to her future daughter. That’s because when writing this book she is diagnosed as having terminal cancer with little time left to live. While fighting cancer, Akiko finds herself creating a book about love, friends, studying, money, fashion, sex and other life lessons for her daughter Yuria, who is only 2 years old. She leaves her book for Yuria with a wish when passing away and moving on to heaven.
Despite the subject matter of a women and her struggle with cancer, this story is not gloomy and depressing. It is in fact a heartwarming story of the mother-daughter relationship (spanning three generations) told through the upbeat character of an active heroine whom any can relate to, and her strong-willed mother.
Two years have passed since Jin slipped through a time warp and landed in the Edo period at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate’s reign. Worried about the state of depression into which Saki has fallen, Jin pays a visit to her native home when it is revealed that her mother, Ei has been stricken with beriberi disease. According to her elder brother Kyotaro, Saki had come home to urge her mother to see a doctor only to be sent away without even being allowed in the home as Ei had not yet forgiven Saki for previously breaking off an arranged marriage proposal. In hopes of somehow saving Ei, Jin comes up with a scheme to administer medicine-laced sweets, for which Ei has a weakness.
시대를 초월해 미나카타 진이 막부의 에도시대로 타임슬립한후 2년쯤 지난 어느날.
상심한 사키의 모습이 마음에 걸려 사키의 집을 찾아간 진은 사키의 오빠 쿄타로로 부터 사키의 어머니 에이가 각기병이란 사실을 듣게된다. 어머니를 걱정한 사키가 집으로 찾아와 의사에게 진찰을 받으라 권하지만 혼담을 깬 사키를 용서할 수 없었 던 에이는 사키가 집안으로 들어서는 것도 용납않은채 그녀를 내쫓았다. 어떻게해 서든지 에이를 치료하고 싶은 진은 단음식을 좋아한다는 에이를 위해 과자를 준비 해 각기병치료를 하려고 하지만….
This is a pure love story of the young man with mild intellectual disability and a top fashion model.
Sumio has mild intellectual disability and works at the restaurant, Sezon. He could not communicate with others well, but he is pure like a child. Sumio’s favorite activity is to watch outside by a pair of binocular glasses. What he watches is the Chihiro’s room. Chihiro is his desirable woman and works as a top fashion model. Coincidentally she dates an owner of the restaurant, Sezon. Since Sumio meets Chihiro at her birthday party, their fates cross over.
Chihiro denies Sumio because of his strange activity. However, his pureness passes along Chihiro and she is gradually attracted to him. His kindness and dedication starts to change Chihiro. They come to be drawn to one another. However, their relation is not understandable for others. Will their pure love be fulfilled?
“I’m on rent.” “There is nothing I can do but a simple conversation.”
What an odd service?! Who’d need him?!
What he does is sort of like a handyman but he has no skills. His existence is the only thing he can offer. And yet there are loads of clients wanting him “to just be there”.
Requests from clients are such as “I want you to wait at the goal while I run the marathon” “Join me as I take my divorce papers to the ward office.” “I want you to go to my workplace with me as I am scared.” He has become famous throughout Japan via the media.
A heartwarming drama as the clients open up their hearts to the “Can’ t Do Anything Rental-man.”