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Hanzawa Naoki [半沢直樹]



Drama Details
Title:Hanzawa Naoki
半沢直樹
Telecast:2013-07-07
Season:Summer 2013



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TV Station:TBS
Genre(s):Drama
Workplace

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Synopsis
Hanzawa Naoki works for Tokyo Chuo Bank as the head of the Loans Division at their Osaka Nishi branch. The overbearing branch manager, Asano, forces him to award an unsecured loan of 500 million yen to Nishi Osaka Steel. On the surface, Nishi Osaka Steel seems like a very reputable company, but in actual fact it is a company in deep trouble. Debt-ridden, the company accountants resort to window-dressing the financial statements in order to hide the truth from the public.

Three months after the loan, Nishi Osaka Steel goes bankrupt and the ambitious and power-hungry Asano makes Hanzawa the scapegoat for the 500 million loss. Hanzawa is called to Tokyo to answer to the internal investigations team, where he vehemently denies responsibility for the loss, and swears to recover the 500 million yen. That is the only course of action for Hanzawa, if he wants to survive in the banking industry.

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Actor/Actress Cast (50)
Sakai Masato
堺雅人
Hanzawa Naoki
半沢直樹
Ueto Aya
上戸彩
Hanzawa Hana
半沢花
Oikawa Mitsuhiro
及川光博
Tomari Shinobu
渡真利忍
Takito Kenichi
滝藤賢一
Kondo Naosuke
近藤直弼
Kataoka Ainosuke
片岡愛之助
Kurosaki Shunichi
黒崎駿一
Yoshida Kotaro
吉田鋼太郎
Naitou Hiroshi
内藤寛
Morita Junpei
森田順平
Kishikawa Shingo
岸川慎吾
Miura Koichi
三浦浩一
Takagi Senmu
高木専務
Makita Tetsuya
牧田哲也
Onodera Junji
小野寺順治
Okayama Amane
岡山天音
Sakamoto Shinnosuke
坂本新之助
Kawahara Kazuhisa
川原和久
Kaise Ikuo
貝瀬郁夫
Tezuka Toru
手塚とおる
Kozato Norio
古里則夫
Takahashi You
高橋洋
Tokieda Takahiro
時枝孝弘
Yamada Jyundai
山田純大
Fukuyama Keijirou
福山啓次郎
Maekawa Yasuyuki
前川泰之
Tamiya Motoki
田宮基紀
Riju Go
利重剛
Noda Hideyuki
野田英幸
Suruga Taro
駿河太郎
Yuasa Takeshi
湯浅威
Kobayashi Takashi
小林隆
Togoshi Shigenori
戸越茂則
Kinoshita Takayuki
木下隆行
Aburayama
油山
Takezai Terunosuke
竹財輝之助
Shimada Ryouta
島田亮太
Konno Narumi
近野成美
Kinoshita Ai
木下愛
Dankan
ダンカン
Kisugi Takuji
来生卓治
Lily
りりィ
Hanzawa Misako
半沢美千子
Yamazaki Naoko
山崎直子
Kondou Yukiko
近藤由紀子
Matsui Naomi
松居直美
Kishikawa Fujin
岸川夫人
Natsume Miku
夏目三久
Bank Image Character
銀行イメージキャラクター
Yamane Motoyo
山根基世
Narration
ナレーション
Baisho Mitsuko
倍賞美津子
Hane Natsuko
羽根夏子
Shoufukutei Tsurube
笑福亭鶴瓶
Hanzawa Shinnosuke
半沢慎之助
Kitaoji Kinya
北大路欽也
Nakanowatari Ken
中野渡謙
Kagawa Teruyuki
香川照之
Oowada Akira
大和田暁
Nakajima Yuto
中島裕翔
Nakanishi Eiji
中西英治
Miyagawa Ichirota
宮川一朗太
Ejima Hiroshi
江島浩
Shigaki Taro
志垣太郎
Takagi
高木
Suda Kunihiro
須田邦裕
Kakiuchi
垣内
Morooka Moro
モロ師岡
Kakuta
角田
Hida Yasuhito
緋田康人
Ogiso
小木曽
Kato Toranosuke
加藤虎ノ介
Naida
灰田
Ukaji Takashi
宇梶剛士
Higashida Mitsuru
東田満
Dan Mitsu
壇蜜
Fujisawa Miki
藤沢未樹
Akai Hidekazu
赤井英和
Takeshita Kiyohiko
竹下清彦
Ishiguro Hideo
石黒英雄
Sagami
相模
Nagaoka Tasuku
永岡佑
Ootsuka
大塚
Oka Ayumi
岡あゆみ
Wakiya
脇屋
Lasalle Ishii
ラサール石井
Namino Yoshihiro
波野吉弘(なみのよしひろ)
Ousaka Jun
逢坂じゅん
Komura Takehiko
小村武彦
Okada Kohki
岡田浩暉
Itabashi
板橋
Tanaka Minako
田中美奈子
Ejima Sanae
江島沙苗
Nakajima Hiroko
中島ひろ子
Asano Rie
浅野利恵
Ishimaru Kanji
石丸幹二
Asano Tadasu
浅野匡
 

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Drama Reviews (1)
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1. Best I've seen in a long time [Rating: 10/10]
Hanzawa Naoki is a well-rounded, well-acted drama centered around the character of Hanzawa Naoki (portrayed by Sakai Masato) and his battle against seemingly impossible tasks.

I will start by commenting on the similarities and differences vs. Legal high, that people often compare it to. My opinion is that the only common thing between these two jdoramas is the main actor. Other than that, they are very different series, and comparing them does not make sense or justoce to either. Legal high is a comedy, in which Sakai Masato plays outrageously to build on the comedy.
Hanzawa Naoki is a drama, with its fun moments, but it is a drama. The characted played by Sakai Masato is quite different, and he does an absolutely fantastic job depicting the character, bringing such intensity to the acting that few other actors would have been able to.

Now for the series itself. It is simply a very good drama. The scenario is well written, it unfolds in 2 parts (at the branch and then at the head office) while the back story reveals itself. The acting is superb (I already mentioned Sakai Masato but Kagawa Teruyuki is particularly impressive as the evil Owada, and Ueto Aya is surprisingly good is her supportive role). The side stories work and are again well-supported. You get the occasional laugh and the story is not dark.

All in all, a very good drama that will make you forget the performance of Sakai Masato in Legal High and only remember this one. A recommended watch.
Reviewed by Jackykero on 21 June 2014

Comments From Users (18)
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1. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 8/10]
Bankers and business are subjects that I have zero interest in, but with the phenomenon this became I felt I had to watch it. So my initial impression stood true for the whole series, and this may sound crazy to say about a show whose final episode had the highest ratings of any drama in 30 years, but basically this is just a lesser version of "Legal High." In a more normal version of reality this would have been made first, and would have become the greatest of classics, and Legal High would have been a silly spoof that took this actors antics to extremes, but we just so happen to live in some alternate dimension of reality where the spoof was made first. Sakai Masato's characters are the exact same in their sleazy, geeky, tanuki like looks and mannerisms, and in their amazingly powerful outbursts, but complete opposites at their core, where in Legal High he was fundamentally rotten and here he is on the side of justice, but again Legal High worked better with this, where it was more pronounced and hilarious, where this mostly comes off as unintentionally funny.

Wondering why this was so popular, I noticed a Japanese person on a thread mentioning that Japan loves a story with clear cut bad guys being defeated by the good guys. I found this to be the exact opposite of the norm. It has always been my impression that Japan excels at the relatable villain types, and lots of gray area. This drama felt incredibly western to me.

But regardless of what I say, the simple point remains that just like the entire nation of Japan, I was swept up into this drama, and it succeeded in making even me glued to my television in anticipation of what this BANKER would do next!

But then... THAT ENDING! It really irritated me. There was no doubt in my mind that with this shows ratings they would, like greedy bankers, be milking it with a sequel or ten, but that's still no excuse to not give this show a decent ending. And on that same note, this show has basically it's own built in sequel, and while I usually love two arc story lines in dramas, the first half was definitely better. So I don't look forward to all the cashing in this series is sure to receive.
2. Comments by Lucian Dureau [Rating: 10/10]
At the beginning when I read the synopsis the first word that came to my mind was "Boring", What kind of interest must have a dorama about a banker??, I thought. However, don't get fooled about the same impression I had, the structure of the show is amazing, with an extremely interesting story, charismatic rivals, superb dialogs, a great soundtrack that fit so well with the scenes, and an incredible way to create turn of events, what in French is known as Coup de Theatre, all prepared to success. But if I finally decided to watch this dorama was due to the high tv ratings that it got in 2013, when it was aired by TBS. It's incredible to see how the ratings in Kanto area passed from 19.4% of the first episode to an impressive 42.2% of the last one, being even higher in Kansai, where by the way part the action takes place. This is an enough reason to check it out.
About Hanzawa Naoki here my two cents: First of all, in spite of using English subs, this show is one of the hardest to follow, all the dialogs are dense, the vocab is sometimes specific, so it's difficult to understand at the first time, and they speak so fast. It has all the condiments to feel like a rollercoaster, a little bit dizzy. However, about the rest this dorama is amazing, from the first episode you will end up getting hoocked on it, and it will impossible to leave it behind, looking forward each time for the next episode. Nothing more to say is needed, it has the same ingredients that have tv shows like Game of Thrones or games like Metal Gear to succeed. A hero against bad guys, betrayal, conspiracy, envy, thirst of power, but with the help of a devoted wife, a smart pal, loyal subordinates and a reason to triumph over all of this. 倍返しだ!
3. Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 10/10]
Hanzawa Naoki is a well-rounded, well-acted drama centered around the character of Hanzawa Naoki (portrayed by Sakai Masato) and his battle against seemingly impossible tasks.

I will start by commenting on the similarities and differences vs. Legal high, that people often compare it to. My opinion is that the only common thing between these two jdoramas is the main actor. Other than that, they are very different series, and comparing them does not make sense or justoce to either. Legal high is a comedy, in which Sakai Masato plays outrageously to build on the comedy.
Hanzawa Naoki is a drama, with its fun moments, but it is a drama. The characted played by Sakai Masato is quite different, and he does an absolutely fantastic job depicting the character, bringing such intensity to the acting that few other actors would have been able to.

Now for the series itself. It is simply a very good drama. The scenario is well written, it unfolds in 2 parts (at the branch and then at the head office) while the back story reveals itself. The acting is superb (I already mentioned Sakai Masato but Kagawa Teruyuki is particularly impressive as the evil Owada, and Ueto Aya is surprisingly good is her supportive role). The side stories work and are again well-supported. You get the occasional laugh and the story is not dark.

All in all, a very good drama that will make you forget the performance of Sakai Masato in Legal High and only remember this one. A recommended watch.
4. Comments by Spider [Rating: 9/10]
I've been watching more Korean dramas lately but decided to watch a Japanese one and ran across Hanzawa Naoki, and was so happy that I did! Nicely paced drama that shows the inside of the Japanese banking system that few see. Japanese drama's don't drag on like their Korean counterpart, and this one ended a bit early, but I'm so glad there will be a season 2.

Kagawa Teruyuki is amazing in this drama as his acting and especially his facial expressions convey more than any words he says. My wife says he is a traditional theater actor in Japan who just started doing TV recently. I hope he does more because he has a screen presence few actors have.

The only reason I didn't give this drama a 10 was because of the ending, but other then that it's well worth watching!
5. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 10/10]
Holy monkey balls. This was one impressive watch. The content is a bit difficult to understand sometimes, but Sakai Masato's performance as Hanzawa was mesmerizing. The acting throughout this drama was ridiculously good, especially from the main cast. Kagawa's Ohwada was so easy to hate. It was also cool that it had two parts to it. I also must compliment the soundtrack to it. It's perfect. Ahhhh I just love this. I'll also mention that some of my students (as young as elementary school grade 4) were watching this drama and loving it. That's intense. P.S. The way Kurosaki talks grosses me out super bad.
6. Comments by WhiteHawk [Rating: 9/10]
Intense, with multiple plot lines and plenty of corruption to fight. Sakai Masato has mastered the going-from-super-nice-guy-to-super-tough-guy-and-back-like-flipping-a-light-switch character. Oikawa Mitsuhiro and Takito Kenichi do a great job of rounding out the "3 Musketeers" against bank corruption. Ueto Aya is ridiculously cute as always, Kataoka Ainosuke is hilarious, and Dan Mitsu... well, you'll just have to see her for yourself.
7. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Initially I thought this was going to be very good. I mean "Fumo Chitai" or "Shiroi Kyoto" good. But after awhile all the yelling, screaming, rolling eyes, pounding on tables, extreme close-ups, I was saying to myself, "Get it over with already." In a drama filled with bad overacting I'm casting my vote for Kataoka Ainosuke as worst overactor of the century.
8. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 10/10]
Best drama in this season, proved by incredible rating view. The story is related to people nowadays. "Banks lend umbrella on a clear day and take it away on a rainy day".
"The boss takes credit for his subordinate's good deed. The subordinates takes responsibility for his boss's blunder." - Hanzawa Naoki :D
9. Comments by Amber [Rating: 9/10]
Interesting 9 points because we get an introduction into the world of japanese banks.
Not 10 because it hasnt made me curious for the next episodes...
But still, this dorama is famous al over Japan and Hanzawa Naokis famous phrase was even selected as one of the words of 2013 BAIGAESHI!^^倍返しだ!
10. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 8/10]
First 5 ep. make up the first part. 6th - new story, larger amount. Sakai does a good job, I like his character. Good support from Oikawa, Takito, (Akai in the first part,) and Ueto.
I didn't have a problem with the verdicts at the end. Besides... --->season2. hehe
11. Comments by oonqy [Rating: 10/10]
I finished watching in 4days. very exciting and intriguing story plot.
though Sakai Masato (when he din talk), I do get confused with LH's role.
this drama is highly recommended. even supporting actor and actress are worth watching for.
12. Comments by .posse [Rating: 7/10]
I personally think that Hazawa's extreme methods could never be tolerated by a big organization like this. Nonetheless, a storyline revolving around bankers is pretty new and interesting.
13. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 8/10]
Nice acting from almost all the cast but Sakai is sometimes overacting. And the story about his father is a bit too much...
14. Comments by xerith [Rating: 9/10]
First 5 episodes was 10/10. Last 5 episodes the novelty started to wear off so ended up closer to 8.5/10
15. Comments by Jhvx [Rating: 10/10]
One of the best doramas I've ever seen, one of the most viewed doramas since 1990, it's a MUST SEE
16. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 9/10]
Theme Song : Theme of Hanzawa Naoki ~Main Title~ by Hattori Takayuki : 7
17. Comments by irwinner [Rating: 8/10]
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
18. Comments by Signo [Rating: 9/10]
Awesome plot with nice twists.
19. Comments by junker66 [Rating: 9/10]
20. Comments by fefe_chow [Rating: 9/10]
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22. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
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