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Satomi Hakenden [里見八犬伝]

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Title:Satomi Hakenden
Season:Winter 2006

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:1 Special Episode

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Actor/Actress Cast (14)
Takizawa Hideaki
Ayase Haruka
Kanno Miho
Nakama Yukie
Watabe Atsuro
Nagatsuka Kyozo
Osugi Ren
Kyomoto Masaki
Takeda Tetsuya
Jinnai Takanori
Sano Shiro
Tomosaka Rie
Izumi Pinko
Yamashita Shoon

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Drama Reviews (8)
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1. GreaT CG!! [Rating: 9/10]
Watched the Movie with the same title. The movie was @ least more than 18 years+ ago. Great show then. So I was looking forward to the new SATOMI HAKENDAN.

The story is more or less the same, but the flow and charcther relationship is totally different. The previous one is more myth-like and bloody while the later is more logical and funny.

Like both anyway. BTW, { casted in both old & new. His character in the old movie was ːMTF, but he was not the lead then. The lead for the old movie was ]eqm casted by ^cV who was ʈ 2nd son. Plus the ending of the old version was sad & with a English song....huh??

Anyway, the point is, both shows are very interesting n nice, but I like the new version better cos it had a good ending. All ppl lived, only bad ppl died, the only good souls that died are ԗRIb, nĘY & wF.

acting is super!!! Better than when she casted in Miracle of love.
Reviewed by yuki ando on 19 February 2006
2. ` = awesome! [Rating: 10/10]
too good to miss.

a story about 8 chosen warriors set with a destiny to save the country of "satomi" from impending doom resulting from a curse. the story starts off with the cursing, and then the princess sacrificing her life to save her country. her will carries 8 marbles to 8 different warriors who must come together and unite to defeat the evil that plagues the country of satomi. outstanding cast who each deliver a magnificent performance, especially kanno miho (sooo evil .. ^_^), nakama yukie is very elegant in her small yet pivotal role as the princess. ayase haruka plays the token damzel in distress very well and takizawa hideaki is quite impressive (as always) and his skills with the sword fresh off yoshitsune make all the action look very real. the action choreography in general is awesome with all the 8 samurai very believable, so are the visual effects.

this is indeed, too good to miss.
Reviewed by horizon180 on 6 January 2006
3. CGI-crazy swordplay [Rating: 7/10]
This special has a pleasing set of actors and an engaging energy, but it's the kind of story that needs to be seen from the beginning, no cheating. Heavy on effects and dependent on supernatural goings-on, we watch as a fabled group of "dog warriors" gather together to fight forces of dynasty. It's likable and fairly predictable, pitched for the 16 to 24 age range, but could have been more original.

The basic moral is that war is bad, but unavoidable sometimes. This drama isn't bad, but avoidable if you want something with more substance.
Reviewed by jdoramadotcom on 12 August 2009
4. my first period jdrama [Rating: 7/10]
A rather star-studded cast for this period special. Having watched all of the many eps of Inu Yasha (anime), this felt very much like a typical episode so there were no surprises in the plot. There were a number of special effects which sometimes felt too intrusive although as a whole, it was an OK drama. Fight scenes were a bit weak and it felt a bit odd to watch so many familiar faces i'm used to seeing in modern dramas go back in time and play other characters.
Reviewed by Shindou on 19 March 2006
5. I found it [Rating: 9/10]
I saw a movie series many many years ago as a kid and never knew the name of it. I only remembered the dog, marbles, and some magic. I was looking for that old movie and came across this one. I'd like to find the old one but I thought the story was worth watching and I was not disappointed at all. Makes me want to look into more folk tales and heros. I was able to find the Nya subtitled version.
Reviewed by 206 on 28 January 2008
6. Tackey - a samurai ? [Rating: 6/10]
The story is quite interesting but casting of the leading role is a disappointment. Despite his good looks, Tackey is not a suitable actor to act as a samurai. He is too short (sorry !) and his face is too pretty. The last scene also proves that he is far priettier than the princess bride ! What a pity! huhhhh....
Reviewed by Tukata on 24 July 2006
7. PERFECT! [Rating: 10/10]
What could be better than the hottness that is Hideaki Takizawa on a horse? Fighting? Running? Jumping.....ahhhhhhh

This drama was soooo good. Very interesting story. Felt a little like the Fushigi Yuugi anime. I think there must be some relation...anyhow...I loved it.
Reviewed by k4g0me on 7 May 2006
8. Wonderful acting [Rating: 10/10]
At first I didn't have high expectation for takky's fighting scene but I was wrong..he was awesome as a samurai.. 2 thumbs up for kanno miho's evil role..both of them just wonderful!!
Reviewed by ester_grace on 24 December 2010

Comments From Users (48)
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1. Comments by Kitsuchi [Rating: 10/10]
A very good movie. Great interesting cast. The story made me curious, so I wanted to watch it. But originally, I watched it because of Takizawa, Nakama and Shoon.

The story is interesting about finding the eight dog warriors and make peace over Satomi Kingdom by making end to the evil curse that Kanno Miho had spread. The movie is around three and a half hours long. I don't think it was either too long or too short. It was perfect to make the movie good enough. I either didn't think that the story felt like only dragging or something. It went on smoothly and nicely. There were nice effects on fightings and it was cool and looked real.. Really good acting.

Overall, I can't think of any faults.. It was a really interesting movie and I highly recommend it to everyone ^_^.
2. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 7/10]
A good series to start off the new year. It had high production values with an all-star cast: Takizawa Hideaki, Watabe Atsuro, Nakama Yukie, Kanno Miho, Ayase Haruka too name a few. The story itself was a fairy-tale epic about a princess who wishes to save her land.

The special was only 2 episodes long so the action progressed fairly quickly. Acting was done well, although the fighting scenes were a little odd for a few parts. I found that the fight on the roof in particular between Oshio Manabu (ninja) and Takizawa Hideaki (samurai) was a little Crouching-Tiger-ish minus the good sword fighting, but you can't blame them.

All in all, it's a fun watch since it's not too long and there's a great cast.
3. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 10/10]
i've enjoyed this 2 epi drama as much as i could !!! haa ~~ "Satomi Hakenden" has amazing and great casts !!! Takki perfomed really well in it ! was amazed by his acting skills ~ Kanno Miho suprised me the most ! compared to the soft characters she acted in he previous dramas ~ this is soooooo evil and scary !! the way she speaks and laugh really made the viewers shivers ~ as for Shoon .. for first timers in acting , he was good !! It has a lot of exciting visual effect .. which made the whole drama soo perfect !! this drama was my first drama in 2006 .. and it was a really good start for my 2006 .. haha ~~ NOT-TO-BE-MISSED !!!!!
4. Comments by xerith [Rating: 7/10]
Was really bored for the first part... felt that things happened too slow and half the show seemed to be merely introducing characters who you know were kind of just making up the numbers. Nevertheless, the later parts picked up a little so saved it from being a complete waste of time. Ayase Haruka looked particularly out of place with the hairstyle and I was kind of disappointed to find out that Nakama Yukie only had a small role in the show.
5. Comments by meiohsetsuna [Rating: 8/10]
A curse that threatens the existence of the country of Satomi is on the verge of being uplifted, if only the eight warriors can band together to save the country in time. I liked the SFX, I liked many of the performances. This all star cast delivered an excellent show! I recommend watching it - especially if you love samurai shows.
6. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
I wasn't expecting much, but I ended up liking this SP a lot. The story is good - very interesting and compelling. I really like how the warriors are brought together one by one. The CG effects were so-so but quite respectable. I'm interested in looking for the original version now...
7. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 6/10]
An enjoyable special with many familiar faces. As a fan of Inu Yasha, this drama special had a rather predictable plot but was nevertheless well done. CG was a bit overly-intrusive at times but otherwise had some good special effects. Overall, not a bad SP for 2006.
8. Comments by minitotoro [Rating: 10/10]
yea i know there was CG but it was awsome and i loved it!
all of the cast members were just so different in the way they acted out the characters that it was never boring
as a johnny's fan~ takki and shoon were awsome <3
9. Comments by 206 [Rating: 9/10]
I believe this is an old tale being retold. I remember seeing a movie series years ago with these marbles and dogs so this was like dejavu to find this one and relive the story again. I really enjoyed it.
10. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 7/10]
I watched a couple of episodes on TV, too bad I didn't get a chance to finish it >.< The acting is not top notch, but I like the story. The fighting scenes are also not as exciting as in Chinese films =P
11. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 10/10]
It's really exciting. The grouping of the eight people... the fights... the plot itself...
I find this special drama real worth watching. Not boring at all... (lots of special effects but still)
12. Comments by natni [Rating: 10/10]
Awesome!!! Excellent!!! Love it!!!! Great Cast!! First class J-movie I ever watched.....n it's the first time i've seen samurai kinda movie thing.....Tackey is kakkoi...highly recommended.....
13. Comments by mmyy [Rating: 9/10]
A highly enjoyable show, despite its common storyline and theme. I thought with the special effects, the show would look stupid but it was very well-done. Great performance by the cast.
14. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 10/10]
For me I like fantasy drama setting in the olden times... and of cos Tacky being the main reason for the show.. love to see him as a samuria again...
15. Comments by butterLiLy [Rating: 8/10]
Although I tend to dislike period drama but this one was pretty good. Probably cos it's only has 2 episodes and doesn't tend to get draggy.
16. Comments by aleyna [Rating: 9/10]
I am weak for this kind of taiga, and the lead actor isn't helping at all.
Totally worth watching if this genre interests you.
17. Comments by Hemilya [Rating: 5/10]
A so-so taiga drama. A bit boring and ennatural acting... Takki is good, but... well, obviously not his best role ))
18. Comments by idetakun [Rating: 3/10]
mmm... the story isn't attractive enough~
Anyway,Shoon n takki r cute!!! they really looks like brothers ><
19. Comments by Andro [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of the best Live-movies. Almost like the anime. Congrat! And Takky is so cool with long hair! :P
20. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
takkey was a beast in this
i had no expectations, but it was pretty damn great if i may say so myself
21. Comments by Ayukawa_Taiyo [Rating: 10/10]
Shoon is WAY cute, and the story is extremely interesting and keeps you watching. LOVE! \('.')/
22. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 8/10]
Well worth the watch, respected the manga fairly well! Very glad about the cast of actors. ^^
23. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
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24. Comments by soupychan [Rating: ?/10]
Saw the first part, and loved it! I just can't find the second part of the special...
25. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
an all star super-cast...all abt fightg...i kinda like the story behind it...
26. Comments by tabana [Rating: 9/10]
Had low expectation, since I hate the lead actor, but it was quite good.
27. Comments by maymay80 [Rating: 10/10]
ooo ...love it! sooo kawaiii! I mean tackey! lol. OMG, gotta see it.
28. Comments by k4g0me [Rating: 10/10]
I knew all the actors and the drama was really interesting.
29. Comments by room304 [Rating: 4/10]
not really my kind of drama, watched it because of takki...
30. Comments by nienna [Rating: 9/10]
i absolutely love this movie~~! the song's the best too!!!

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Users who voted for this drama (18)
1. RubberDuckie
I have to say, Tackey and Shoon look awesome with long hair. The storyline is really interesting, and the actors all act well. Scenes with all the action/fighting are awesome, especially Tackey and his super acting skills. Since, this drama comes in two parts, it seems pretty short and a little rushed. But, overall, the story gets by and everything is well done. Shoon is adorable in this XD
2. horizon180
this was an awesome series. a two part special episode... the story was very nicely told, the visual fx were awesome, the fight choreography was first class, and kanno miho was sooo EVIL ^_^... very well acted by all. taki was impressive with the sword, u can tell he's fresh off from yoshitsune :) .. loved it.
3. juunigatsu
the cinematography and effects are awesome!! the themesong is so beautiful, and the cast~ love takki & shoon in this! the lady who acted the evil woman did a really fantastic job!! and the plot moves fairly quickly so there is no time to feel bored.
4. Yamashita_Shin
OMG love this one... its like a movie instead of a drama.. i especially love shoons character too bad he wasnt really the main but soo kool i was dying when i saw him in there :D
5. luvnickie
watched this yesterday.. and i enjoyed it.. i lurve the fighing scenes... so cool!! esp takki he looks so graceful with his sword... def a must watch!
6. Sapphrine
Waaah. I can't wait to see Shoon. =3
I wonder how he'd look like here.
He and Tackey shall make my eyes bleed.
7. zappie
first time watching a period drama.. good show with all the fantasy, magical stuff. interesting one.
8. chrisyukiefan
hmm.. 'coz of yukie... and i want to watch this drama can't wait!! ^_^
9. mabo
next year, with Takki and Shoon (Ya-ya-yah) and it's a historical drama
10. thedark123
Hmm i wonder whether this show is good or not? wan to try it out...
11. Mylene
well Takizawa was soooo cute as Inuzuka ^_^, beautiful show
12. k4g0me
Interesting and addictive. Two great qualities in a drama.
13. johnnythao
Great Drama, but short on parts.
14. maxlovely
just finish... Takki kakoi.....
15. mieux
i really like this !!!
16. superFLY
The BEST movie EVER!
17. suikuichirro
Fantastic sceneries
18. ShoonY
Shoon Yamashita~