Gunshi Kanbei

Gunshi Kanbei (軍師官兵衛, Strategist Kanbei) is a 2014 Japanese historical drama television series and the 53rd NHK taiga drama. The series was broadcast from January 5 to December 21, 2014, and ran a total of 50 episodes.[1] The drama depicts the life of Kuroda Kanbei (played by Junichi Okada), a retainer of daimyō Kodera Masamoto of Harima Province, and a strategist for daimyō Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Gunshi Kanbei
Written byYoichi Maekawa
Directed byKenji Tanaka
Kazuhiro Motoki
StarringJunichi Okada
Miki Nakatani
Akira Terao
Shōsuke Tanihara
Tori Matsuzaka
Yuki Uchida
Toma Ikuta
Shunpūtei Koasa
Fumi Nikaidō
Tetsushi Tanaka
Mirei Kiritani
Gaku Hamada
Mokomichi Hayami
Issei Takahashi
Kei Tanaka
Mitsuki Takahata
Kazuhiro Yamaji
Tsurutaro Kataoka
Takanori Jinnai
Shingo Tsurumi
Masatō Ibu
Hitomi Kuroki
Yōsuke Eguchi
Naoto Takenaka
Kyōhei Shibata
Theme music composerYugo Kanno
Composer(s)Yugo Kanno
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes50
Production
Executive producer(s)Takashi Nakamura
Running time45–60 minutes
Release
Original networkNHK
Original releaseJanuary 5 –
December 21, 2014
External links
Website

PlotEdit

The drama tells the story of Kuroda Kanbei, a son of Kuroda Mototaka, chief retainer of Kodera Masamoto who ruled Harima Province (currently Hyōgo Prefecture) in the 16th century. In troubled times, Kanbei persuades Kodera to join forces with the all-powerful Oda Nobunaga. Though imprisoned by Araki Murashige and lamed for life, Kanbei endures hardships and later becomes a strategist for Toyotomi Hideyoshi. His son Kuroda Nagamasa serves Tokugawa Ieyasu after the death of Toyotomi.

ProductionEdit

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CastEdit

 
Banner of "Gunshi Kanbei" in Himeji

Kuroda familyEdit

 
"Kanbei Train"

IbukiEdit

Kodera ClanEdit

Oda ClanEdit

Toyotomi ClanEdit

Tokugawa ClanEdit

Mōri ClanEdit

OthersEdit

BooksEdit

  • NHK Taiga Drama Story Gunshi Kanbei Vol.1 ISBN 978-4-14-923345-1 (Official guide)
  • Yoichi Maekawa and Kuniko Aoki, Taiga Drama Gunshi Kanbei, Tokyo, NHK Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014 (novelisation)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Corkill, Edan (1 January 2014). "NHK's yearlong drama 'Gunshi Kanbei' takes cues from Korean success stories". The Japan Times. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Yoichi Maekawa, NHK Taiga Drama Story Gunshi Kanbei vol.1, Tokyo: NHK Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014

External linksEdit