Hanzawa Naoki

Hanzawa Naoki (半沢直樹) is a 2013 Japanese television series by Japanese broadcaster TBS based on the Hanzawa Naoki series of novels by Jun Ikeido (池井戸潤). It follows the story of Hanzawa Naoki, a banker working for the largest bank in Japan, Tokyo Chuo Bank. He faces numerous obstacles from upper management as he climbs his way up the ranks. The show received consistently high ratings: the final episode reached 42.2% in the Kanto area, the highest figure for a drama in the Heisei Era.[1][2]

Hanzawa Naoki
Written byJun Ikeido
Yatsu Hiroyuki
Directed byFukuzawa Katsuo
Takayoshi Tanazawa
StarringMasato Sakai
Aya Ueto
Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Kenichi Takito
Kin'ya Kitaōji
Teruyuki Kagawa
Theme music composerTakayuki Hattori
Composer(s)Takayuki Hattori
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time46–92 minutes
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseJuly 7 –
September 22, 2013
External links
http://japan.videoland.com.tw/channel/20130901/default.htm Website

Following its success as the most-watched series in Japan, Hanzawa Naoki made was broadcast overseas in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The show's popularity in viewer polls achieved the highest rating in three decades of Japanese television drama.[3][4][5][6]

CastEdit

  • Masato Sakai as Naoki Hanzawa, a charismatic banker who works for the Tokyo Central Bank.
  • Aya Ueto as Hana Hanzawa, the wife of Naoki Hanzawa.
  • Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Shinobu Tomari, a close friend of Naoki who he met during the induction of the bank.
  • Kenichi Takito as Naosuke Kondo, a former employee of Tokyo Central Bank and close friend of Naoki and Tomari.
  • Teruyuki Kagawa as Akira Ohwada, the director of Tokyo Central Bank.
  • Kin'ya Kitaōji (special appearance) as Ken Nakanowatari, the chairman of Tokyo Central Bank.
  • Kanji Ishimaru as Tadasu Asano, the branch manager at the Osaka Nishi branch.

PlotEdit

Osaka arcEdit

Naoki Hanzawa (Masato Sakai) joins the Sangyo Chuo Bank (one of the predecessors of Tokyo Chuo Bank before its merger with Tokyo Daiichi Bank) and becomes Chief of the Loans Division at the Osaka Nishi branch. He is forced by branch manager Asano (Kanji Ishimaru) to grant an unsecured loan of 500 million yen to Nishi Osaka Steel. However, Nishi Osaka Steel goes bankrupt, and both president Mitsuru Higashida (Takashi Ukaji) and the 500 million yen loan disappear. Asano shifts the blame to Hanzawa and orders him to recover the amount. Hanzawa joins forces with Kiyohiko Takeshita (Hidekazu Akai), whose business was lost as collateral damage from Nishi Osaka Steel's bankruptcy. The two discover that the entire event was a scheme set up by Asano and Higashida. Racing against time and the Taxation Office investigation, Naoki is able to recover the entire 500 million yen for the bank. Hanzawa wishes to expose Asano to the media, but out of sympathy for his wife and family he instead leverages his evidence against Asano, ensuring that his subordinates can be promoted to positions of their choice. Subsequently, Hanzawa is promoted to deputy Manager of the 2nd Operations Department at banks' Tokyo Headquarters.

Tokyo arcEdit

One year later, Hanzawa is placed in charge of investigating Iseshima Hotel, which borrowed 20 billion yen from Tokyo Chuo Bank. The hotel suffered a loss of 12 billion yen, and with an FSA (Financial Services Agency) inspection coming up, the bank may potentially have to provide a loan loss provision of 150 billion yen should Iseshima Hotel be labelled bankrupt. Hanzawa discovers that Director Owada (Teruyuki Kagawa) was at the forefront of providing the loan to Iseshima Hotel, even though there was substantial evidence showing that the hotel was not in a good financial position. Kondo (Kenichi Takito), a friend of Hanzawa who works at Tamiya Electric, discovers that Owada was also behind an indirect loan to Laffite, a fashion company owned by Owada's wife. Hanzawa puts this evidence against Owada in front of a board of directors meeting, leading to the demise of Director Owada. Seeking personal revenge for his father's death, Hanzawa forces Owada to kneel down before him and apologize for his actions in front of all the board members, despite his supervisor and the Chairman's disapproval. During the final scene, Chairman Nakanowatari is seen giving Owada a small demotion to board member while Hanzawa is "exiled" from the bank to Tokyo Central Securities.

EpisodesEdit

Episode subtitle
Broadcast date
Ratings
Ep. 1
Double Payback! A new hero arises to stand up against the evil superior!!
Can the 500 million yen be recovered? War among the wives at the company housing,
Promotion? Friendship?
July 7, 2013
19.4%
Ep. 2
Avoid being framed by the superior! Double payback for his actions!
July 14, 2013
21.8%
Ep. 3
Double payback for this superior! Saving a subordinate who is in trouble!?
A traitor appears
July 28, 2013
22.9%
Ep. 4
It is 10 times the payback! Betrayal between superior and subordinate
August 4, 2013
27.6%
Ep. 5
Hanzawa's transfer…!? To fight to the death!
August 11, 2013
29.0%
Ep. 6
500 million to 1.2 billion! Double payback in Tokyo too?
Hanzawa's battle with his nemesis!!
August 25, 2013
29.0%
Ep. 7
Hanzawa kneels to beg! He faces a tough situation
September 1, 2013
30.0%
Ep. 8
A tough rival appears! Losing will result in transfer
September 8, 2013
32.9%
Ep. 9
The final showdown! ~Survive the FSA inspection or be transferred!!
September 15, 2013
35.9%
Ep. 10
100 times the payback! Who will be kneeling in the end!
~A shocking end!! Friendship? Betrayal?
September 22, 2013
42.2%

RecognitionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 「半沢直樹」最終回の平均視聴率42・2% 平成の歴代ドラマで1位. Zakzak (in Japanese). Sankei Digital. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013.
  2. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (24 September 2013). "Season Finale of Show About Bankers Draws Japan's Highest Drama Ratings in 30 Years". The Hollywood Reporter. Tokyo: Valence Media. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ Blair, Gavin J. "Japanese Hit Drama 'Hanzawa Naoki' Sells to Hong Kong, Taiwan". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ Aquino, Faith. "Popular TV drama tells story of bank employee that fights back". Japan Daily Press. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Japanese hit drama 'Hanzawa Naoki' premieres in Taiwan". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Japanese hit show 'Hanzawa Naoki' ..." China Post. Retrieved 9 October 2013.

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