Haikei, Chichiue-samaPublished on April 5th, 2008.
Set in an old prestigious Ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) in a small town in the center of Tokyo, a young Itamae (cook for Japanese dishes) struggles his life, love and work while the long-lasted ryotei and the beloved old town face the change to survive the time. This heartwarming drama shows the intimate relationship of the community that has been lost nowadays, asks what the most important things in your life is, and tells how difficult it is to make a decision. The story is told in the form of a letter to his unknown father with lots of humor and love. - Fuji Creative
I’ve finished another Ninomiya Kazunari drama, this time it’s Haikei, Chichiue-sama. I must say, Nino is an amazing actor and he might actually become my number one male actor soon, YamaPi still has it though. I’m waiting for team STORMY to finish subbing Marathon (a remake of the Korean movie, starring Nino), and I have high expectations of it since that’s one of my favorite movies. In this drama, Nino reminds me of the character he played in Yasashii Jikan. And I think he’s just perfect for these kinds of characters.
When I first found out about this drama I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t know much about the other main actors, so it was all up to Nino. But I shouldn’t have worried about that, because the other actors were really great. The ones I knew from before were Takahashi Katsumi and Kimura Tae, both from Yasashii Jikan, and Matsushige Yutaka from Proposal Daisakusen and Hitonatsu no Papa e. I’m glad that I got to know Fukuda Saki and Kuroki Meisa (Meisa is smokin’!), I’ll be looking for more of them from now on.
- Title: 拝啓、父上様
- Title (romaji): Haikei, Chichiue-sama
- Also known as: Dear Father
- Format: Renzoku
- Genre: Family drama, human drama
- Episodes: 11
- Viewership ratings: 13.19
- Broadcast network: Fuji TV
- Broadcast period: 2007-Jan-11 to 2007-Mar-22
- Air time: Thursday 22:00-22:54
- Theme song: “Papier” (“Paper”) by Moriyama Ryoko
This drama has a great mix of dramatic and comedy segments. I wouldn’t put it under the comedy category, but it sure made me laugh at times. And best of all, watching it made me happy.
Also worth to mention is that the soundtrack is simply stunning! I would definitely recommend this drama, and I guess that’s what I’m doing now. So what are you waiting for? Go watch it!