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Kita no Kuni Kara [北の国から]

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Title:Kita no Kuni Kara
北の国から
Telecast:1981-10-09 to 1982-03-26
Season:Fall 1981



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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:24 Episodes
8 Specials
Viewership:14.8%



Synopsis
Set in the town of Furano in Hokkaido, Kita no Kuni Kara centers around the story of the Kuroita family.

Narrated by the son, Jun, the tale follows the lives of two children torn between their parents and their parents' divorce. Jun, and his sister Hotaru, grow and mature in the harsh climates of Hokkaido, and learn the ways of life through their interaction with the folk of Furano.

SPECIALS:
Kita no Kunikara '83 Winter (1983-Mar-24)
Kita no Kunikara '84 Xia (1984-Sep-27)
Kita no Kunikara '87 First Love (1987-Mar-27)
Kita no Kunikara '89 Back Home (1989-Mar-31)
Kita no Kunikara '92 Sudachi (1992-May-22 and 23)
Kita no Kunikara '95 Himitsu (1995-Jun-9)
Kita no Kunikara '98 Jidai (1998-Jul-10 and 11)
Kita no Kunikara 2002 Yuigon (2002-Sep-6 and 7)
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Actor/Actress Cast (55)
Tanaka Kunie
田中邦衛
Kuroita Goro
Yoshioka Hidetaka
吉岡秀隆
Kuroita Jun (11)
Nakajima Tomoko
中島知子
Kuroita Hotaru (9)
Iwaki Koichi
岩城滉一
Sota (32)
Matsuda Miyuki
松田美由紀
Tsurara
Chii Takeo
地井武男
Nakahata
Shimizu Mayumi
清水まゆみ
 
Ishida Ayumi
いしだあゆみ
Kuroita Reiko
Imai Kazuko
(all, '98 SP)
Otaki Hideji
大滝秀治
 
Takeshita Keiko
竹下景子
Yukiko (27)
Harada Mieko
原田美枝子
Kitani Ryoko (ep2, '02 SP)
Miyamoto Nobuko
宮本信子
(ep4)
Otomo Ryutaro
大友柳太朗
(ep5)
Komatsu Masao
小松政夫
(ep6)
Murai Kunio
村井國夫
(ep6)
Hayashi Michiko
(ep8, '98 SP)
Itami Juzo
伊丹十三
(ep13)
Kojima Miyuki
児島美ゆき
(ep18)
Guts Ishimatsu
ガッツ石松
(ep19)
Hirata Mitsuru
平田満
(ep23)
Fubuki Jun
風吹ジュン
('83 SP)
Ryuchi Shu
笠智衆
('83 SP)
Mutsuura Makoto
六浦誠
('84 SP)
Isayama Hiroko
伊佐山ひろ子
('84 SP)
Yokoyama Megumi
横山めぐみ
('87 SP)
Miho Jun
美保純
('87 SP)
Furumoto Shinnosuke
古本新之輔
('87 SP)
Nagahori Taketoshi
永堀剛敏
('87 SP)
Fuse Hiroshi
布施博
('87 SP)
Leonardo Kuma
レオナルド熊
('87 SP)
Sakamoto Nagatoshi
坂本長利
('87 SP)
Tsuruta Shinobu
鶴田忍
('87 SP)
Furuoya Masato
古尾谷雅人
('87 SP)
Ogata Naoto
緒形直人
('89 SP)
Doguchi Yoriko
洞口依子
('89 SP)
Igawa Hisashi
井川比佐志
('89 SP)
Yuki Nae
裕木奈江
('92 SP)
Sugawara Bunta
菅原文太
('92 SP)
Kitamura Kazuo
('92 SP)
Daichi Yasuo
('92 SP)
Watabe Atsuro
渡部篤郎
('92 SP)
Ishimaru Kenjiro
石丸謙二郎
('92 SP)
Miyazawa Rie
宮沢りえ
Shuu ('95, '98, '02 SP)
Otake Shinobu
大竹しのぶ
('95 SP)
Uesugi Shouzou
上杉 祥三
('98 SP)
Murata Hideo
('98 SP)
Hiraizumi Sei
平泉成
('98 SP)
Uchida Yuki
内田有紀
('02 SP)
Kara Juro
唐十郎
('02 SP)
Kishitani Goro
岸谷五朗
('02 SP)
Yanagiba Toshiro
柳葉敏郎
('02 SP)
Takahashi Masaya
('02 SP)
Negishi Toshie
根岸季衣
('02 SP)
Sugiura Naoki
杉浦直樹
('02 SP)
  

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1. Nearly Perfect! [Rating: 9/10]
Because of the random plot twists (i.e. Ryoko sensei and the UFOs, random deaths, lack of closure, etc.) I can't dub this drama as being perfect. But then, what drama is?

I found this drama the type that sucks you right in through characters that seem like real people. I was completely blown away by Yoshioka Hidetaka and Nakajima Tomoko, who were both children in this series. They were amazing. Their acting was flawless and they really were just being kids on screen. Their interactions were so real I'm almost starting to wonder how much of the lines were actually scripted.

I must applaud Tanaka Kunie and Taeshita Keiko as well, along with the writer(s). Not one character, except Hotaru, was completely likable. Each character had undesirable flaws that really put me off, but regardless, I loved the drama. Even the flaws were welcome. Only a good writer can achieve such a dynamic for the viewer.

I highly recommend this drama. WATCH IT!
Reviewed by Wynter on 15 October 2008

Comments From Users (5)
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1. Comments by Anime Dad [Rating: 9/10]
More like a slice of reality TV or a documentary from the early 1980's in rural Hokkaido than a drama. That's how real this drama seemed to me. Apart from one rather odd storyline, you could imagine that this is how life would have been at that time and place. The cast were amazing, especially the kids who played Hotaru and Jun. Every prospective actor/producer/director should be made to watch this.
2. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 3/10]
A couples divorce. The father taking his kids Jun and Hotaru to the cold countryside setting of Hokkaido (Northern Japan) which is a big change from the city life of Tokyo. Relaxed viewing with much of nothing going on. Stopped watching after 11 episodes.
3. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Took forever to finish this one. 24 episodes way too long and having grown up in South Dakota which is cold and remote just like Hokkaido, I know it's not nearly as romantic to live in a place like that as they make it out to be.
4. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 9/10]
A very endearing drama with an extremely talented cast and a subtle, but powerful, plot.
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Users who voted for this drama (2)
1. RetroHelix
Simply one of the best family dramas.
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