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Bara no Jyujika [薔薇の十字架]


Drama Details
Title:Bara no Jyujika
Cross of Roses
Telecast:2002-10-10 to 2002-12-12
Season:Fall 2002

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

Togo is 37, married, has no kids and lives with his mother. He is a television commercial director and has won numerous awards for his works. What he most wants to do is make commercials that people will long remember. It is the commercials that he personally doesn't like though, that gain the most recognition. He's even complained to one of the younger guys that he works with about his boss getting on his back for trying to put too much artistic creativity into his commercials. His boss wants him to simply make commercials the way the clients ask for.

Togo's wife Sumiko, who is not even pregnant, receives baby presents on just about a daily basis from her mother-in-law. She tries to play the "good daughter-in-law" by politely accepting the gifts. Her mother-in-law seems to be mentally punishing Sumiko for not giving her a grandchild, but it appears that Sumiko really does not want to get pregnant.

Not being able to have children, and work not going the way he wants starts eating at Togo. It is just at this time that his life takes a big turn...One day when he is supposed to meet a model that his friend wants to introduce him to; he mistakenly takes a woman by the name of Akira for the model. After getting to know her, Akira tells him "I don't want a relationship or to get married. I just want you to help me to have a child," and things begin to heat up from there.

Akira, who works at a foreign-affiliated computer manufacturer, is your typical career woman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she lives with her mother and younger sister Masami. Because of a traumatic experience that she had when she was young, she has lost all faith in men.

Before meeting Akira, Togo was about to give up on have a bigger family. So the more he meets Akira, the more he seriously starts considering her offer. The plan they come up with is after Akira has the baby, they won't ever see each other again. But after the baby is born, both Togo and Akira start having a change of heart.

Sumiko later finds out about Togo's secret. And just when Togo has made up his mind to leave her for Akira, Sumiko starts striking back. Both their friends and families wind up getting involved, and before you know it Akira and Togo begin slipping apart.
Who should Togo really be with?
What has possessed Akira to go this far just to have a child?
How will Sumiko get revenge?

This is an all new kind of melodrama about a man that wants children, but can't have them with his wife; and a single-woman that wants to have a child of her own. It is also about what children mean to both sexes.
Fuji TV

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Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Mikami Hiroshi
Kudo Togo
工藤桐吾 (37)
Ishida Yuriko
Kudo Sumiko
工藤澄子 (32)
Katsumura Masanobu
Kitamura Jin
北村甚 (37)
Sato Aiko
Hirayama Masami
平山昌美 (28)
Tamayama Tetsuji
Kamiya Kyosuke
神谷恭介 (25)
Nishiyama Mayuko
Mimura Hinako
三村日菜子 (25)
Goda Masashi
Ihara Junya
井原淳哉 (28)
Nekoze Tsubaki
Yamazaki Eri
山崎エリ (34)
Amami Yuki
Takahata Akira
高畑暁 (34)
Shida Mirai

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1. Comments by UWFShooter [Rating: 10/10]
Underrated gem that you don't need to stereotype as 'dark' before watching. Hiroshi Mikami is, like his character in "The End of the World" - a tough but suffering figure who takes a lot of punishment before finally finding the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't help but be sad at his plight...

Yuki Amami, whereas not as moody as Honami Suzuki was in The End of... , is certainly beautiful and sexy while playing a kindly and caring but stern mother who is deciding whether to allow her father's child into their lives. And Yuriko Ishida and Mie Nakao's psycho fights give it the great touch of darkness. Masanobu Katsumura is always the good compadre who puts a little fun in things (as in Hakoiri Musume), and Tamayama and the guy who plays Junya do their roles very well. This is Tamayama's first Fuji TV drama since he jumped from Sentai series. And the soundtrack rocks - Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," Richard Marx's "Now and Forever" (Aki's favorite song), Christopher Cross's "Arthur's Theme", Karyn White's "Superwoman", and more - there's a lot of Western quality!

Here we see easily what Japanese society has reaped from its long history of sexism: some men getting the shaft, being shunned or downright denied by their partners and offspring, and being forced to grin and bear it. And then, when the family is finally reunited by circumstances, come the questions. What did Togo feel for Aki? Love? A mere sense of responsibility? Ditto for Aki, who I can tell never married him because that would force her to stay tied to the home walls to take care of their son, Seiji (played by young Hekikai Tanaka). Seiji is a cute kid, too. I can tell why in her bout of madness Togo's mother confused him with the real Togo when he was a kid.

Overall, this dorama is a hidden treasure as valuable as Seiji was for both Togo and Aki. See it and you can't go wrong!
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Users who voted for this drama (3)
1. ffrostte
Beautiful story! Amami-san did such a greatj ob in portraying the role of a single mother. Definitely recommend this one to anyone who like 'Last Present' (another of Amami-san's drama)!! And by the way, this drama's OST is a must-get too!!!
2. UWFShooter
Read the above!
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