The drama which is based on the same-titled novel by Ikeido Jun, features Yakusho as the lead character Miyazawa Koichi who is the 4th generation president of Japanese socks manufacturer Kobaseya based in Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture, which has been in business for more than 100 years. With the decline in demand for its products, the small company which has only 20 employees, strives to rejuvenate its business by entering the field of producing running shoes which feel as if you are barefooted. However, as the industry is very competitive and the company does not have sufficient funds, Kobaseya is faced with various challenges along its journey but Miyazawa strives on with the help of the people around him as they take on the bigwigs.
In order to capture footage of a marathon needed in the drama where Miyazawa and his buddies want to study the running patterns of top runners needed to develop their shoes, filming will begin from New Year's Day as the staff and cast film alongside the 61st National Industrial Ekiden which starts from Gunma Prefectural Government's building.
With regard to his character, Yakusho commented that he doesn't think that he fits the image of a company's president but Miyazawa's power to attract people to work alongside him is something which he hopes to convey in the drama. The novel's author Ikeido also expressed anticipation at seeing how the cast including Yakusho will perform in the drama.
Sources: Sanspo / Eiga.com