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Top Sales [トップセールス]

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Drama Details
Title:Top Sales
トップセールス
Telecast:2008-04-12 to 2008-05-31
Season:Spring 2008



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TV Station:NHK
Duration:8 Episodes
Viewership:7.1%
Genre(s):Drama



Synopsis
This is a story about a woman who changes her career and eventually becomes a president of a car sales company in a male-oriented society of the 1970's. Makino Hisako quits her job at a leading textile company before turning 25, which is considered the retirement age for women at that time, and starts working as a car salesman. The drama depicts her success story along with her high school classmates: the baby-boom generation.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Kodoku no Muko [Hirahara Ayaka]

Actor/Actress Cast (46)
Natsukawa Yui
夏川結衣
Makino Hisako
Shiina Kippei
椎名桔平
Shibata Takao
Ishida Hikari
石田ひかり
Shibata (Nozawa) Mariko
Yamaguchi Makiya
山口馬木也
Omori Goro
Osawa Ken
大沢健
Takamura Masayuki
Suzuki Kazuma
鈴木一真
Taniguchi Katsuhiko
Shioya Shun
塩谷瞬
Abe Yukio
Umezawa Masayo
梅沢昌代
Fujiyama Kuniko
Sato Hitomi
佐藤仁美
Nakano Harumi
Shionoya Masayuki
塩野谷正幸
Sasaki Yoshio
Sakurai Akiyoshi
櫻井章喜
Mori Tatsuo
Yamamoto Ryuji
Mizawa(butcher shop)
Ueda Koichi
上田耕一
Kitagawa(flower shop)
Toake Yukiyo
十朱幸代
Makino Mitsue
Ishibashi Renji
石橋蓮司
Makino Kotaro
Kanie Keizo
蟹江敬三
Okano Eiji
Yamada Tatsuo
山田辰夫
 
Harada Daijiro
原田大二郎
 
Bengal
ベンガル
(ep. 1)
Endo Kenichi
遠藤憲一
(ep. 1)
Nakamura Kumi
中村久美
(ep. 1)
Ryo
りょう
(ep. 1-2)
Kazama Toru
風間トオル
(ep. 1-2, 7)
Nozoe Yoshihiro
野添義弘
(ep. 2)
Asaji Yoko
(ep. 3)
Morooka Moro
モロ師岡
(ep. 3)
Kasai Kenji
河西健司
(ep. 3)
Nakajima Hiroko
中島ひろ子
(ep. 3)
Sakagami Shinobu
坂上忍
(ep. 3)
Suzuki Masayuki
鈴木正幸
(ep. 3)
Tsukayama Masane
津嘉山正種
(ep. 4)
Kashiwabara Shuji
柏原収史
(ep. 4)
Akino Yoko
秋野暢子
(ep. 5)
Asari Yosuke
浅利陽介
(ep. 5)
Nomura Mami
(ep. 5)
Matsuzawa Kazuyuki
松澤一之
(ep. 5)
Asami Reina
浅見れいな
(ep. 6)
Teraizumi Ken
寺泉憲
(ep. 6-7)
Kaneko Noboru
金子昇
(ep. 6-8)
Wakamatsu Takeshi
(ep. 7)
Masuoka Toru
益岡徹
(ep. 7-8)
Kitamura Yukiya
北村有起哉
(ep. 7-8)
Natsuyagi Isao
夏八木勲
(ep. 8)
Riju Go
利重剛
(ep. 8)
Nakanishi Ryota
中西良太
(ep. 8)
Wagawa Miyuu
和川未優
Shibata Kaori (ep. 8)
  

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Comments From Users (8)
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1. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 6/10]
Here's a cut&paste of the synopsis since it's not up. A drama about a woman who changes her career and eventually becomes a president of a car sales company in a male-oriented society of the 1970's. Makino Hisako quits her job at a leading textile company before turning 25, which is considered the retirement age for women at that time, and starts working as a car salesman. The drama depicts her success story along with her high school classmates, the baby-boom generation.

Well she quit her job at the textile co. because they wouldn't give her (a lady) credit for a plan she submitted. In looking for a new job, she convinces a boss at a car dealership to hire her. She has to sell 3 cars during her 3 month probationary period. She's given little training and cold calls door to door on her bike (no license and doesn't know how to drive). 2nd episode we see her getting better at her job and she starts learning how to drive. A very touching episode that'll bring tears.
Fans of Natsukawa Yui will enjoy her performance. An emotional drama. Quality production with footage during this period that's edited in very well. Nice theme song. Hourly episodes.
2. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 7/10]
This works best when dealing with recent Japanese history and how this affected the lives of central group of friends. It taught me many things I didn't know about Japan in the last 30 or so years. What isn't successful is when it tries to use the buying, selling and ownership of cars a a metaphor for people's lives, and the resulting interventions from the car sales people, which where just sometimes toe curling. But is the end it was entertaining, educational and starred Natsukawa Yui, and what more could you ask for? (apart from a better script).
3. Comments by Anime Dad [Rating: 8/10]
Natsukawa Yui is the best thing about this drama that does a nice job of incorporating Japanese automotive history with the story of a woman who tries to make a career as a car salesperson at a time when Japanese women of her age are expected to be married and settled down.
4. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
It was o.k., Yui was great as expected, but the subplots with her four classmates got to be a distraction. Wish they'd stuck more with Yui and her struggles as a woman trying to make it in a male dominated business.
5. Comments by bmwracer [Rating: 8/10]
Really liked this drama: I liked the historical aspects regarding Japan's economic growth and especially Natsukawa Yui's performance: Feisty, determined, yet vulnerable... I'd buy a car from her in a minute. :)
6. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 8/10]
The show itself was alright- nothing special, had a lot of cheesiness. But Natsukawa Yui was brilliant, as always.
7. Comments by Eve [Rating: 7/10]
Just goes to show what really good acting can do. The cultural aspects were interesting as well.
8. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: 3/10]
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