The supporting cast lineup of FujiTV drama SP "Onna no Kunshou" starring Matsushima Nanako and due to be shown this spring was announced on 16 February. The drama which is based on the same-titled novel by the late Yamasaki Toyoko, features Matsushima as the heroine Oba Noriko who starts a small dressmaking school in Kansai after the end of WWII and gets embroiled into the spiral of jealousy among women in the fashion industry.
Oba Noriko was from a family operating a woolcloth wholesale business before the war happened and she lost everything as a result. Since young, she has been interested in clothes and decides to open her own dressmaking school. However, once she starts to do well, the old-fashioned industry leaders of the fashion world see her as an eyesore and subject her to harsh treatment in order to get her out of the way. With the help of Yashiro Ginshiro who teaches her business management and her students Rinko, Katsumi and Tomie, Noriko gradually builds up her business. Unfortunately, personal desires of the women and being made use of by Ginshiro causes Noriko to be hurt badly and she later meets Shiraishi, an university professor who also has emotional issues of his own.
Tamaki Hiroshi will be playing the role of Ginshiro who will be speaking Kansai-ben in this drama SP. With regard to this, Tamaki commented that he had a huge amount of lines to memorise this time so he hopes to be able to show Ginshiro's gift of the gab through his acting. As for Noriko's three students, they will be played by Aibu Saki, Kinami Haruka and Mimura. Nagatsuka Kyozo will be playing Shiraishi who supports Noriko through all her troubles while Asano Yuuko will be playing a big-name designer who stands in Noriko's way. Other co-stars include Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Suruga Taro and Enami Kyoko.
As the drama is set in the fashion industry, a total of 60 outfits, 50 pieces of jewellery and 18 hats were prepared for Matsushima alone of which more than 10 outfits were designed and made by famous fashion designer Nakai Eiichiro. As for Mimura, Aibu and Kinami, they each have about 30 outfits each. In total, the 10 main cast members have about 200 outfits so viewers will be treated to a galore of beautiful clothes through this drama.
Sources: Sanspo / Yomiuri Hochi