Yoshitsune (TV series)
|Directed by||Mayuzumi Rintaro|
Hideaki Takizawa |
Ichikawa Sadanji IV
|Theme music composer||Taro Iwashiro|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||49|
|Original release||January 9 – December 11, 2005|
Yoshitsune (義経) is a Japanese television drama series originally broadcast between 9 January and 11 December 2005, with a three-part special compilation being aired from 24 December to 25 December 2005. The 44th Taiga Drama, the original work is by Miyao Tomiko, screenplay by Kaneko Narito and starring Hideaki Takizawa.
In the Heiji Rebellion, Taira no Kiyomori defeats Minamoto no Yoshitomo. Yoshitomo flees the battle but betrayed by his own vassel and killed in Owari province. Yoritomo (one of Yoshitomo's sons)is captured but Kiyomori deciding to spare him banishes him to Izu. Yoshitomo's beloved concubine Tokiwa Gozen flees to Kyoto with their three children. After learning that Kiyomori has arrested her own mother, Tokiwa goes to him to plead for mercy. Kiyomori spares the lives of the children, sending the older two to temples, and bringing the youngest boy Ushiwaka, and Tokiwa, into his household. Treating him as his own child, Kiyomori receives criticism of his generous behavior towards Ushiwaka, the son of his enemy. Soon, he sends Ushiwaka to the Kurama temple where he is renamed Shanao. Shanao frequently escapes the temple at night, and this behavior makes it clear that he will not enter the priesthood. After learning the true identity of his father, of his Genji lineage, and of Kiyomori's plans to move against him he bids his mother farewell and travels northeast to Oshu.
While Kiyomori starts to build a dream city and international port in Fukuhara, he also starts to work his way into the Imperial Court, eventually marrying his daughter Tokiko to the Emperor. With this new power the Heike grow fierce and unpopular with the court and people of Kyoto. Shanao, now named Yoshitsune after his rite of manhood, is living under the guardianship of Fujiwara no Hidehira and decides to join his exiled brother Minamoto no Yoritomo and throws himself into the feud between the Heike and Genji.
- Hideaki Takizawa as Minamoto no Yoshitsune
- Ryunosuke Kamiki as young Yoshitsune, aka Ushiwakamaru.
- Kiichi Nakai as Minamoto no Yoritomo
- Sosuke Ikematsu as young Yoritomo
- Ken Matsudaira as Benkei
- Aya Ueto as Utsubo
- Masaya Kato as Minamoto no Yoshitomo
- Izumi Inamori as Tokiwa Gozen
- Satomi Ishihara as Shizuka Gozen
- Eiko Koike as Tomoe Gozen
- Naomi Zaizen as Hōjō Masako
- Tetsurō Tamba as Minamoto no Yorimasa
- Tetsuya Watari as Taira no Kiyomori
- Keiko Matsuzaka as Taira no Tokiko
- Hiroshi Abe as Taira no Tomomori
- Noriko Nakagoshi as Taira no Tokuko
- Hideki Takahashi as Fujiwara no Hidehira
- Ikkei Watanabe as Fujiwara no Yasuhira
- Kazushige Nagashima as Fujiwara no Kunihira
- Ichikawa Otora VII as Emperor Antoku
- Won: Best Drama
- Won: Best Actor - Hideaki Takizawa