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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Supporting cast line-up of new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei" announced

The supporting cast line-up of new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei" had been announced. The drama which will begin its run from 14 January in the Sundays 10pm timeslot, is based on the same-titled manga by Shuu Ryouka and Noda Shigeru and 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, Nozaki Shuuhei (Oda Yuji) 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 about 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. Matsushima Nanako plays Tachikawa Shoko who is the first branch manager in Aozora Bank's history and aspires to rise up the corporate ladder while making use of her superiors in order to get ahead of her competitors.

The 16 actors and actresses who will be appearing in this drama include Yusuke Santa Maria, Takimoto Miori, Suruga Taro, Nishida Naomi, Ukaji Takashi, Mitsuishi Ken, Kobayashi Katsuya, Miura Masaki, Riju Go, Matsuo Satoru, Koichi Mantaro, Honda Hirotaro, Katsube Nobuyuki, Tajima Reiko, Yamamoto Kei and Komoto Masahiro.

Yusuke Santa Maria plays Abe Ryuhei who used to be Nozaki's subordinate and has become his superior now despite Nozaki being more senior in the company. Oda commented that it was reassuring to have Yusuke around since they have known each other for a long time while Yusuke said that as there were so many characters in the "Odoru Daisousasen" series, they hardly got any scenes involving just the two of them so this drama would allow them to do so and pit their acting skills against each other.

Source: Eiga.com / Oricon

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