Kirin ga Kuru (麒麟がくる) is a Japanese historical drama television series starring Hiroki Hasegawa as Akechi Mitsuhide. The series is the 59th NHK taiga drama,[2][3][4] premiering in January 19, 2020. It is the first regular taiga drama to be fully shot in 4K resolution.[Note 1]

Kirin ga Kuru
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Written byShunsaku Ikehata
Yōichi Maekawa
Directed byTaku Ōhara and others
Starring
Narrated byIchikawa Ebizō XI
Composer(s)John R. Graham
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes44
Production
Producer(s)Masaru Ochiai (chief)[1]
Hideki Fujinami[1]
Ryōhei Nakano[1]
Running time45 minutes
Release
Original networkNHK
Original releaseJanuary 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)

PlotEdit

The story is based on the life of Akechi Mitsuhide, a general under Oda Nobunaga.

CastEdit

Akechi clanEdit

Oda clanEdit

Saitō clanEdit

Hosokawa clanEdit

Imagawa clanEdit

Tokugawa (Matsudaira) clanEdit

Toki clanEdit

Ashikaga shogunateEdit

OthersEdit

ProductionEdit

Production Credits

On April 19, 2018, NHK announced Kirin ga Kuru as its 59th taiga drama, starring Hiroki Hasegawa as Akechi Mitsuhide, a samurai and general during the Sengoku period, with Shunsaku Ikehata as writer.[6] Ikehata previously wrote the 29th taiga drama, Taiheki (1991). The drama will aim to shed light on the first half of Akechi's life, of which little is known about due to lacking historical records.[6][1]

CastingEdit

After Hasegawa, the rest of the main cast was announced on March 8, 2019, which included Mugi Kadowaki, Takashi Okamura, Sayuri Ishikawa, Masahiko Nishimura, Katsunori Takahashi, Erika Sawajiri, and Masahiro Motoki among others.[7] The second cast announcement on June 17, 2019 included Fumino Kimura as Hiroko, as well as Kaho Minami, Takehiro Murata, Satoshi Tokushige, Kataoka Ainosuke VI, Rei Dan, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.[1]

On November 16, 2019, Erika Sawajiri arrested over MDMA possession. She was replaced by Haruna Kawaguchi.[5]

FilmingEdit

Shooting for the series began on June 3, 2019.[8][9] Kirin ga Kuru will be the first regular taiga drama to be fully shot in 4K resolution.[10][Note 1] Chief producer Masaru Ochiai stated that the colorful costumes to be worn are made with adherence to feng shui.[8]

TV scheduleEdit

Episode Title Directed by Original airdate Rating
1 "Mitsuhide, Nishi e" (光秀、西へ) Taku Ōhara January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19) 19.1%
2 "Dōsan no Wana" (道三の罠) January 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, a taiga fantasy drama from 2016 to 2018, was fully shot in 4K, but it is not counted as part of the official list of taiga dramas.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "《2020年大河ドラマ》"美濃編" の出演者を発表!". NHK_PR (in Japanese). NHK. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "《2020年大河ドラマ》"美濃編" の出演者を発表!". NHK. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "大河「麒麟がくる」織田信長は染谷将太!門脇麦、沢尻エリカ、本木雅弘ら12名出演". Natalie. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ "《2020年大河ドラマ》"戦国武将&戦国の華" 出演者発表". NHK. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "沢尻容疑者大河の代役は川口春奈「気高さと強さを」". Nikkan Sports. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "2020年 大河ドラマ 制作・主演決定! 脚本 池端俊策 & 主演 "明智光秀" 長谷川博己". NHK_PR (in Japanese). NHK. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  7. ^ "《2020年大河ドラマ》"美濃編" の出演者を発表!". NHK_PR (in Japanese). NHK. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "2020年大河「麒麟がくる」撮入、光秀・長谷川博己「期待以上のものお見せできる」". 映画.com (in Japanese). Eiga.com, Inc. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "撮影スタート!出演者の衣装を初お披露目". NHK_PR (in Japanese). NHK. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  10. ^ "2020年 大河ドラマ 制作・主演決定! 脚本 池端俊策 & 主演 "明智光秀" 長谷川博己". NHK_PR (in Japanese). NHK. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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