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Ooku~Hana no Ran~ [大奥〜華の乱〜]

Drama Details
Title:Ooku~Hana no Ran~
Oh oku ~ War of the Belles
Telecast:2005-10-13 to 2005-12-30
Season:Fall 2005

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:10 Episodes
1 Special

Oh-oku - War of the Belles

Deep within Edo Castle was the oh-oku (the inner palace)-the expansive living quarters for the wives and concubines of the Tokugawa Shogun. The entrance was under the tightest security, and the corridors were barred to all men except the Shogun himself. It is said that over 1,000 women lived in the oh-oku to serve the Shogun. For him, life in the oh-oku was like living in paradise.

Oh-oku is the story of the picturesque lives of the women living in the hidden, maze-like inner structure of Edo Castle. Inside, the women wielded their beauty and knowledge: some of them to win the Shogun's love, to obtain political power, or to climb the ladder of the oh-oku hierarchy. Their lives were filled with romance, hatred, anger, envy, tears, and persecution.

The first Oh-oku series aired from June to August 2003, and focused on the last several years of the oh-oku history. It told the story of the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the oh-oku, and the lives of the women who lived through these times.

The second series, Oh-oku - Episode One- aired from October 2004, focused on the birth of the inner palace. The 2nd Shogun Hidetada's wife Oeyo established the oh-oku. It was then enhanced and perfected by Kasuga-no-Tsubone, the nanny of the 3rd Shogun Iemitsu-also known as one of the most influential and powerful women in the oh-oku, and the main character of this drama. The story takes place in the Sengoku Era, also called the Warring States Period.


The third Oh-oku series takes place during the 5th Shogun Tsunayoshi's era. Oh-oku is completely controlled by the Shogun's mother, Keishoin. Giving birth to the Shogun's two children, Tokumatsu and Tsuruhime, Oden-no-kata is Keishoin's favorite concubine. Tsunayoshi's official wife, Nobuko - who came from the famous Takatsukasa Family in Kyoto - has no children yet. Coming from a very noble family, Nobuko always stands against Keishoin and Oden-no-kata, both who come from average households.

More than anything, Shogun Tsunayoshi loves to study. Since a very early age, Keishoin valued studies rather than martial arts and provided her son with plenty of education. Especially passionate about Confucianism, Tsunayoshi was eager to follow the gfilial duties" (duties of a child to his parent) written in gThe Analects of Confucius". That is why he devoted himself to his mother, and is at her beck and call.

Tsunayoshi has two close advisors that he trusts very much: Narisada Makino and Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa. The story begins when Tsunayoshi one day visits Narisada's residence
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Ooku 大奥 [Ishida Katsunori 石田勝範]

Actor/Actress Cast (14)
Uchiyama Rina
Tanihara Shosuke
Fujiwara Norika
Koike Eiko
Takaoka Saki
Kanjiya Shihori
Enami Kyoko
Kitamura Kazuki
Nakayama Shinobu
Manda Hisako
Tanabe Seiichi
Hiraizumi Sei
Hino Shouhei
Yo Kimiko

Drama Reviews (2)
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1. Great! [Rating: 9/10]
Started watching for Rina Uchiyama but was delighted with Eiko Koike and really all of the cast. Wish English subs were available so I could understand more of the storey but really even if you don't speak any Japanese I think you could figure things out pretty well.
Reviewed by MonsterZero-65 on 27 December 2005
2. Fantastic period drama [Rating: 9/10]
Eiko Koike and Uchiyama Rina rocked this drama. Really showed the rivalries and back-fighting among the Ooku so interestingly. I think if you are interested in Historical drama's this is a must see.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 27 August 2010

Comments From Users (17)
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1. Comments by biggirl20 [Rating: 8/10]
nice drama as i watched thru cable tv.. fight between the ladies no longer jus slapping, but using intelligence =)
The OST for tis part of ooku, is nice esp the opening music which really make me WOW, its a fusion of western and chinese instruments and its really a good fusion..
Quite exciting and i really recommand ppl to watch if u have watched the 2 previous part of ooku or u watched shiroi kyoto =D
2. Comments by ume [Rating: 5/10]
After watching Ooku 1 and 2, this seems overly repetitive. Noriko very evil in here. Uchiyama Rina's acting has improved immensely in here. Would like to see her acting outside of Ooku 3...because it really is getting to be the same thing over and over again. Not much plot.
3. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 6/10]
Pretty well chosen cast of stars. I tried to really follow it well, though its part of a long series of such historical topic. Seeing my beloved Uchiyama being the main focus has made my day, plus Kitamura kazuki is the man here, hands down!!
4. Comments by tabana [Rating: 8/10]
At first I thought it was the most boring thing I've ever seen, but after 2 episodes it got better. Lots of bitching and plots. Finally something with Rina as the main character.
5. Comments by jessiesoon [Rating: 6/10]
dun really like this series...if compare to the previous one...this series somehow focuses more on the war of shogun's women!! those ladies are just so....
6. Comments by jdoramadotcom [Rating: ?/10]
Not to be confused with the brilliant 1994 drama Hana no Ran, which remains one of the very best historical series ever produced.
7. Comments by hikaruhana [Rating: 5/10]
The first few episodes were alternately corny and alarming but the drama settled down into pretty reliable jidaigeki.
8. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 9/10]
These Ooku series are always enjoyable..this one is no different!
9. Comments by masnita [Rating: 8/10]
Serious dorama.......lots of twist and plots.......bravo!
10. Comments by jo [Rating: 5/10]
Partially watched...not my type of drama.
11. Comments by junny [Rating: 5/10]
Your usual Ooku drama, I guess.
12. Comments by Pinoyboy [Rating: 10/10]
Girls! Girls Girls!
13. Comments by seissa [Rating: 6/10]
women power!
14. Comments by norani [Rating: ?/10]
Tokugawa --
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16. Comments by lynn [Rating: 8/10]
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18. Comments by yipsm [Rating: 7/10]
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28. Comments by kinkitsuyo [Rating: 7/10]
29. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 3/10]
30. Comments by romi510 [Rating: 8/10]

Users who voted for this drama (3)
1. Mylene
very beautiful and sad drama, enjoyed watching it very much, in spite of my poor japanese
2. phoenix_angkasa
different from others drama...
iz that based on true story???
3. Pinoyboy
Hot girls.