Ōoka Echizen (大岡越前) is a prime-time television jidaigeki in Japan. From March 16, 1970 to March 15, 1999, 402 episodes and 15 seasons were broadcast. Also, a two-hour special aired on March 20, 2006, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Gekijō, which occupies the Monday evening 8:00–8:54 pm time slot on the TBS network, sponsored by Matsushita. It alternated, seasonally, with Mito Kōmon and Edo o Kiru.
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||402|
|Running time||54 minutes|
|Picture format||SD 480i|
|Original release||March 16, 1970 –|
March 15, 1999
The title character is Ōoka Tadasuke, a historical person who was a magistrate in the city of Edo (the forerunner of modern Tokyo) during the time of Tokugawa Yoshimune in the eighteenth century. The magistrate acted as chief of police, judge and jury. The show was a detective-courtroom program. Actor Gō Katō created the title character and played him throughout the life of the series.
Sōgen Asahina did the title calligraphy. Takeo Yamashita did the music. The series was produced by C.A.L. It has been widely rerun on terrestrial and pay satellite television in Japan. Some episodes available on DVD.
- Gō Katō as Ōoka Tadasuke
- Muga Takewaki as Iori Sakakibara (A doctor at the Koishikawa Yōjōsho (the Koishikawa "city hospital").)
- Takashi Yamaguchi as Tokugawa Yoshimune
- Chiezō Kataoka as Tadasuke's father
- Masayo Utsunomiya as Yukie Tadasuke's wife
- Shirō Ōsaka as Genjiro
- Gentarō Takahashi as Tatsu
- Kōtarō Satomi as Masakichi
- Shigeru Amachi as Kamiyama
- Kōji Wada : Kazama Shunsuke