[Kogure Shashinkan]Kogure Shashinkan
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 31 March 2013
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Narumi Riko, Matsushita Yuki, Ishiguro Ken, Sasano Takashi, Horii Arata
Synopsis: Hanabishi Eiichi (Kamiki Ryunosuke) is a second-year high school student who moves to a house that was a former photo studio without refurbishing the building on a whim of his father (Ishiguro Ken). One day, Eiichi passes by what appears to be a ghost in front of the house and an uproar ensues, but he later learns that “it” is a female high school student from the neighbourhood. The girl hands over something as she complains about Eiichi. It is a photograph developed at Kogure Photo Studio which she had obtained through unexpected circumstances. In fact, this photograph of a female’s crying face can only be described as ghost photography. More and more of such photographs are brought in. The Hanabishi family, friends and the real estate agent (Narumi Riko) who brokered the sale and purchase of the photo studio all get involved, and Eiichi sets out to solve this mystery. The hidden pasts each of these people are connected to the present.
*Hime recently moved from Catamaran Agency to Alpha Agency & has yet to have an official agency pic ^^*
[Daini Gakushou]Daini Gakushou
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 16 April 2013
Cast: Hada Michiko, Itaya Yuka, Tanihara Shosuke, Tanaka Kei, Kadowaki Mugi, Kuze Seika, Kubota Maki, Ohgo Suzuka, Arai Moe, Shirakawa Yumi, Kushida Kazuyoshi
Synopsis: Shirase Mari (Hada Michiko) and Endo Natsumi (Itaya Yuka) were violinists in an orchestra. They pursued their dreams together and had a friendly rivalry. Then Natsumi’s pregnancy put her out of action. She married Endo Kazuto (Tanihara Shosuke) and built a happy family. Kazuto was a cellist in the same orchestra but retired from the orchestra with Natsumi and has been working at a travel company. On the other hand, Mari won the position of soloist and is now shining on stage as the orchestra’s concert master. The two of them were out of contact for 17 years but meet again by coincidence. They are each envious of the other’s circumstances. Mari’s feelings for Natsumi’s husband are rekindled while Natsumi is envious of Mari’s success and glory. Kazuto’s feelings for the orchestra and Mari are reawakened because of the reunion between the two women.
[Take Five]Take Five
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, April 2013
Cast: Karasawa Toshiaki, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Matsuzaka Tori, Rokkaku Seiji, Irie Jingi, Chiba Yudai, Eda Yuka, Fukuda Ayano, Suruga Taro, Denden, Baisho Mitsuko, Inagaki Goro
Synopsis: Homura Masayoshi (Karasawa Toshiaki) is a psychology professor at one of the universities in Tokyo. He is extremely popular among students for his witty speeches at his lectures on love psychology. However, there is another side of Homura which no one knows. He and his father were actually members of Take Five, once called the greatest gang of theives in history, which hit on bad fellows for large sums of money. But 20 years ago, an incident led the members to wind up Take Five and retire. Then one day, Homura finds a suspicious-looking brown envelope on his desk after a lecture. It contains a photograph of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous portrait of Lucrezia Borgia. A homeless lady (Baisho Mitsuko) is staring at him when he glances out of the window. Sensing that she is the owner of the envelope, Homura calls out to her. She says the painting in the photograph is in a secure facility of Tohto Bank. Moreover, she behaves as if she knows that he is a robber. This incident leads to the regrouping of Take Five (Karasawa Toshiaki, Inagaki Goro, Matsuzaka Tori, Rokkaku Seiji) and the addition of a new member, Hioka Tamotsu (Irie Jingi).
[Sodom no Ringo]Sodom no Ringo ~ Lot o Koroshita Onnatachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 23 March 2013
Cast: Terajima Shinobu, Kimura Fumino, Mizobata Junpei, Nukumizu Yoichi, Tayama Ryosei, Oshinari Shugo, Tokui Yu, Uchida Shungiku, Ishibashi Anna, Nomura Shuhei, Hamada Mari, Doguchi Yoriko, Murakami Jun, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Maya Kyoko, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: The editor Mari (Kimura Fumino) is shocked to hear that Yoshio, the boyfriend she split up with over a quarrel, has committed suicide. She also learns that there was another woman at his funeral. That woman’s name is Miyajima Megumi (Terajima Shinobu). Bothered about Megumi who had promised marriage after meeting Yoshio through an online dating site, Mari poses as a male (Okuda Eiji) and registers with the website. She successfully makes contact and when she goes to Yoshio’s apartment, she sees Megumi being taken away by the police. Megumi exudes a distinct air. As Mari attends Megumi’s trial, she gets completely absorbed in her. In order to find out her motive, Mari travels to the island where Megumi was born with the investigative reporter Kengo (Mizobata Junpei). Megumi’s home was a community where the descendants of clandestine Christians lived during the Tokugawa period. According to Megumi’s classmate, she had been the “island’s prettiest girl” while in her teens (Ishibashi Anna). Mari and Kengo are surprised by the information. It is hard to imagine from Megumi’s present looks. And so, they search for the reason for the twist in her fate. Then, Mari finds a painting in a church on the island. It is of two nude women waiting on an old man. Dreadful misgivings surface from that.