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Ryômaden (2010– )

TV Series | Drama, History

1880's Meiji Japan. It is almost twenty years since the end of the Samurai Era in Japan, one time Tosa Clansman, successful business industrialist, mogul, & founder of Mitsubishi Corporation Iwasaki Yataro (played by Teruyuki Kagawa) is ...See more1880's Meiji Japan. It is almost twenty years since the end of the Samurai Era in Japan, one time Tosa Clansman, successful business industrialist, mogul, & founder of Mitsubishi Corporation Iwasaki Yataro (played by Teruyuki Kagawa) is approached by a reporter to recount what he knew of the life of the Tosa Clansman, visionary reformer, & architect of Modern Japan, Sakamoto Ryoma (played by Masaharu Fukuyama). Almost instantly Iwasaki is incensed and overcome by rage & jealousy for throughout his life he had lived in the shadow of his famous beloved clansman. Upon reason, Iwasaki agrees to conduct the interview on the grounds that his recollection would not serve to glorify the memory of Sakamato Ryoma. His memories are painful and numerous which becomes the basis of this 2010 49th NHK Taiga Drama that will go back to the Pre-Bakumatsu period where Iwasaki first encounters a lanky young Kashii named Sakamoto Ryoma - a member of the Lower Caste Samurai of Tosa so named because they were once the rulers of Tosa but fought on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara by which the victor Tokugawa Ieyasu punished the Samurai of Tosa to elevating those who sided with him to Joshii (Upper Samurai) and those who lost to Kashii Samurai who must endure the cruel taunts and indignity at the hands of the Joshii. But for Iwasaki his status is even lower for his family had sold their Samurai status to pay off debts. From the moment they met Iwasaki envied the likeable Sakamoto and would grow to ever resent him and his long ascension to success and as a Reformer who through the mentor-ship of Katsu Kaishu (played by Tetsuya Takeda)- a man Ryoma was sent to assassinate but instead became his disciple. Now threatened by the arrival of the American Black Ships, Kaishu would instill upon Ryoma a grander world view that would shape Ryoma to go on to help unify the rival Choshu & Satsuma clans to form an alliance and lay out the plans for a modern post Shogunate Japan. In recounting the story Iwasaki must confront his own deep personal feelings bitterness and spiteful envy to a man who despite Iwasaki's massive wealth in the Post Samurai New Meiji Era is still haunted by a man who long been assassinated and was still beloved by the people of Japan. Written by Louis E. Rosas See less
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Yasushi Fukuda (teleplay)
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2010 (Japan)

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51 cast members
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Masaomi Kondô
Yamauchi Yodo Yamauchi Yodo   See fewer
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Masaharu Fukuyama
Ryoma Sakamoto Ryoma Sakamoto   See fewer
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40
Jeffrey Rowe
William J. Alt William J. Alt   See fewer
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6
Andrez Bergen
Dutch Trader Dutch Trader   See fewer
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5
Tim Wellard
Thomas Blake Glover Thomas Blake Glover   See fewer
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4
Thomas J. Melesky
Perry's Crew Member Perry's Crew Member   See fewer
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3
Dennis D. Zomerhuis
Anton L. C. Portman Anton L. C. Portman   See fewer
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2
Teruyuki Kagawa
Yataro Iwasaki Yataro Iwasaki   See fewer
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2
Takaya Kamikawa
Shintaro Nakaoka Shintaro Nakaoka   See fewer
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2
Pierre Taki
Hironojo Mizobuchi Hironojo Mizobuchi   See fewer
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2
Jeff Wastila
Harry Smith Parkes Harry Smith Parkes   See fewer
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Yoshiki Arizono
Yonosuke sato Yonosuke sato   See fewer
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Mitsuko Baishô
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Tatsuomi Hamada
Ryoma Sakamoto Ryoma Sakamoto   See fewer
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Ryôko Hirosue
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Ennosuke Ichikawa IV
Nobuo imai, assassin Nobuo imai, assassin   See fewer
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Terry Ito
Hikoma Ueno Hikoma Ueno   See fewer
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Jun Kaname
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Keizô Kanie
Yajiro Iwasaki Yajiro Iwasaki   See fewer
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Shihori Kanjiya
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Tamiyo Kusakari
Ryoma's mother Ryoma's mother   See fewer
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Mihiro
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Tatsuya Nakamura
Tadasaburo sasaki, assassin Tadasaburo sasaki, assassin   See fewer
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Bibiru Ohki
Passerby Passerby   See fewer
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Nao Oikawa
Prostitute Prostitute   See fewer
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Gregory Pekar
Consular Consular   See fewer
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Christopher Pellegrini
Interpreter Interpreter   See fewer
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Sion
Assassin Assassin   See fewer
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Tao Tsuchiya
Otome sakamoto Otome sakamoto   See fewer
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Atsuko Maeda
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Yôko Maki
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Chieko Matsubara
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Mao Noguchi
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Nao Ohmori
Hampei Takechi Hampei Takechi   See fewer
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Kaoru Okunuki
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Wakako Shimazaki
chino Sakamoto chino Sakamoto   See fewer
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Naoki Suda
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Katsumi Takahashi
Takamori saigo Takamori saigo   See fewer
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Tetsuya Takeda
Kaishu katsu Kaishu katsu   See fewer
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Cynthia Cheston
Woman at party (uncredited) Woman at party (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.2 / 10 | 126 votes