Ruri no Shima (瑠璃の島) is a Japanese television series which was broadcast on Nippon Television from 16 April to 18 June 2005.

Ruri no Shima
Also known as瑠璃の島 / Ruri's Island
GenreHuman drama
Directed byInomata Ryuuichi
Ikeda Kenji
StarringRiko Narumi
Yutaka Takenouchi
Fumiyo Kohinata
Naomi Nishida
Mitsuko Baisho
Ken Ogata
Opening themeKoko ni shika sakanai hana by Kobukuro
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes10 (+1 special episode)
ProducersToda Kazuya
Kunimoto Masahiro
Tsugiya Hisashi
Running timeSaturday 21:00
Original release
ReleaseApril 16 (2005-04-16) –
June 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)

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On Hatomi (a fictional name derived from Hatoma, the actual island where the drama was filmed), a small island in Okinawa state part of Japan's southern sea frontier, the social environment is suffering. With the last student of the elementary school leaving the place, the closing of the school is a virtual given. Mr. Nakama (Ken Ogata), decides to do something about it - and heads for Tokyo to recruit his grandson. Rebuffed by his daughter, however, he decides to adopt another child. He finds Ruri (Riko Narumi), a mature girl of 11 who distrusts people because her mother (Naomi Nishida) doesn't care much about her, but after seeing Mr. Nakama's true intentions, allows him to take her to the island. Unfortunately, the local teacher, Ms. Sanae (Manami Konishi), who was banking on the school's closing to be able to go somewhere else, is resentful of Ruri and makes light of her city fashion (including permed hair, fake curls, and miniskirts), which leads to a big showdown between her and Ruri - and the people who were enthusiastic about her suddenly begin to have their doubts, and only Mr. Nakama and his wife Megumi (Mitsuko Baisho) take Ruri's side strongly. Following into the island is Mr. Kawashima (Yutaka Takenouchi), a mysterious man who saves Ruri from drowning following the fight - and who becomes her conscience and friend in her daily life in the island. But is Kawashima what he seems? Or did he come to the island to run away from Tokyo - and possibly a crime he may have been involved in there? Katsumura and Nishiyama play a local married couple of neighbors, Kashu and Igawa a local unmarried couple of neighbors, all of them willing to help Ruri in their own way.

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