Monday, October 23, 2017

Oda Yuji, Furuya Ikkou & Kishitani Goro to star in new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei"

Oda Yuji will be starring in the new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei" (Auditor Nozaki Shuuhei" which is based on the same-titled manga by Shuu Ryouka and Noda Shigeru. The drama which consists of 8 episodes, will begin its run from 14 January 2018 in the Sundays 10pm timeslot.

In the story which is set in the late 1990s when the bubble economy had collapsed, the economic environment was characterised by negative news of banks hiding bad debts, politicians using their power to get involved in corruption and professional sokaiya i.e. individuals who were hijacking shareholder meetings and blackmailing companies. Amid such tough circumstances, Oda plays the role of Nozaki Shuuhei who used to be the branch manager of Aozora Bank and is promoted to become an auditor and has to assess whether the directors are discharging their duties in a fair manner. He comes to find out some misdeeds within the bank and must deal with the evil with his sense of justice and compassionate ways when dealing with people. Co-stars include Furuya Ikkou who play the head of the bank Kyogoku and has deep ties with the politicians and Kishitani Goro who plays Takeda, the managing director in the bank known for his pushy ways of doing things.

Oda commented that his character Nozaki is a honest and serious man who has a strong sense of justice and revealed that it had been tough playing this role. In the current times where compliance is a very important topic, the fact that Nozaki is the focus of this drama set two decades ago shows the forward-thinking of that era and he found it very meaningful to be able to participate in this drama. As for working with Furuya and Kishitani for the first time, he is eagerly anticipating to see how they would portray their characters as they are very well-defined and stand out in the original manga.

Sources: Sanspo / Oricon

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