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Ninkyo Helper [任侠ヘルパー]



Drama Details
Title:Ninkyo Helper
The Chivalrous Helper
Telecast:2009-07-09 to 2009-09-17
Season:Summer 2009

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

Tsubasa Hikoichi is a yakuza underling who runs a loan shark operation in Roppongi. Hikoichi is brutal and efficient, and has no compunction about cheating the weak and poor out of their hard-earned money. When Hikoichi's boss dies, his replacement, Takayama Gensuke, wants the young hood to prepare himself for an executive position, and orders Hikoichi, along with other subordinate bosses, to get a job in an elderly care facility. Suffice it to say, the position isn't what Hikoichi expected it to be...
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Sotto Kyutto [SMAP]

Actor/Actress Cast (21)
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
Tsubasa Hikoichi
Kuroki Meisa
Yomogi Riko
Matsudaira Ken
Takayama Gensuke
Yabu Kouta
Takayama Mikiya
Igarashi Shunji
Kurosawa Goro
Yuki Jutta
Muguruma Masato
Ukaji Takashi
Nihonbashi Kengo
Mukai Osamu
Takada Kazuki
Osugi Ren
Sonozaki Yasuhiro
Yamamoto Yusuke
Izumi Reiji
Naka Riisa
Misora Haruna
Tachibana Yukiko
Matsubara Hiromi
Yamada Shintaro
Oshima Yosuke
Takagi Manpei
Koga Kensuke
Takagi Shinpei
Koga Kosuke
Kai Marie
Togawa Yuka
Miura Mayu
Nomura Aiko
Natsukawa Yui
Hatori Akira
Nakabeppu Aoi
Hino Yayoi
Yasuda Misako
Horii Satsuki
Kato Seishiro
Hatori Ryota

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1. Official Site

Drama Reviews (4)
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1. Chivalry is (not) dead? [Rating: 8/10]
Such an odd combination-yakuza and the elderly-with surprisingly good results (I watched the whole thing in one day). It can be funny as tough yakuza try to deal with difficult elderly people, but it touches on some deep and troublesome issues related to aging in Japan. Hikoichi takes a few episodes to get to know and like, though he never quite loses his attitude, so no unrealistic character changes there. Also includes: determined elementary school boy, high power business woman with a secret, powerful female yakuza, and a bunch of troublesome elderly people going about their lives in a care facility. And an odd theme of "chivalry." Note: I would recommend a tiny bit of research on yakuza to help understand gang structure, names, "ninkyo" (chivalry), etc.
Reviewed by doramanoai on 4 March 2012
2. SUPRISED [Rating: 9/10]
I didn`t really expect much from this drama despite the hype but once I started watching it, I couldn`t stop..I was really pleased and suprised with the acting from Kusanagi tsuyoshi and other casts such as Kuroki Meisa and Natsukawa Yui who added a touch of brilliance to the dorama. The storyline was a flow of events so never one pattern and had both serious and funny parts which combined well to polish off a really decent warm dorama! RATED!
Reviewed by KAZdoramma on 4 October 2009
3. wow [Rating: 10/10]
this show is just beautifully created. the character development is believable. the story just pulls you right into it. if you have to watch 1 drama this year, i would recommend this one.
Reviewed by twon26 on 23 September 2009
4. Yakuza [Rating: 7/10]
At first, i think ninkyo helper is a comedy drama.. But i was wrong because it more like touching human drama..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 12 July 2011

Comments From Users (34)
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1. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 8/10]
The basic premise is dumb (a group of Yakuza work in an old folks' home) but this was one of the most involving and sometimes intelligent and realistic doramas I've seen. It is at its best when it deals with the consequences of old age and dementia on people and their friends and family. This is done in a considered and thankfully non-overly sentimental way. Also, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Natsukawa Yui (as ever) are both excellent and their (and her son's) problems and relationships where handled expertly. The Yakuza part of the show was just silly. This isn't helped by the fact that most of them where played by non-acting interchangeable pretty-boys (and one non-acting pretty-girl). I've never seen a bigger bunch of wimps in my life. There's no way they could survive a fight with a rival gang, in fact I think some of them would be lucky to survive a particularly strenuous bowel movement.
2. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Yakuza + Helper, oh god, it would be a bad combination. After first episode i just, What??? What the hell are they trying to make?? I just can't believe why this drama have a huge rating in japan. But i realize i must calm down, relax, and enjoy the show. It turn out to be a good drama. This the second time i watched Tsuyoshi after boku no aruku michi (Poorly with the same yellow shirt) and i became more respect to him. His really different and manly. Also kuroki-chan, she's always beautiful, naka riisa too. But the other yakuza are useless especially mikya and kurosawa. They don't look like yakuza, tsuyoshi at least have a killer eyes, but this two man doesn't have anyting. If they used a different cast, maybe i will give nine or ten points.
Theme song: Sotto Kyutto [SMAP] + All My Soul: 10 (Especially all my soul, my favourite song, they also have Smells like All my soul...LOL)
3. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 8/10]
Ironically, in this series the Yakuza's, which are known to have been abandoned or have lost their parents from an early age, are sent to train in an institution for the elderly where the grandpa's and grandma's there are also abandoned by their own children. Some episodes can really make you emotional, special mention to episode 9. As for the ending, I had a feeling it would end that way since most occupational jdramas do, but the leadership position came in as a surprise. A very nice performance from Kusanagi Tsuyoshi.
4. Comments by KAZdoramma [Rating: 9/10]
Well,, this is a dorama definitely worth watching as the cast is good with the main role played by Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (SMAP). It has both serious and funny bits so well balanced and th ending is decent too so I really would recommend this to anyone thinking about watching it.!!!!!
5. Comments by docalion [Rating: 9/10]
I would give it a 10 if not only for the confusing and weak ending which I felt it had. But i think the story is great and Kusanagi is great in this one. I am looking forward to see more of his craft in the future. Still, highly recommended!
6. Comments by strawberryfzz [Rating: 8/10]
Yakuza Boss Kuroki Meisa is just awesome. It's almost worth watching just for her, but lucky for us, we get treated to an action packed, intriguing story, too.
7. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 8/10]
This drama actually has pretty good rating in Japan but I found the plot was a bit dark and depressing. Still very good acting and story over all.
8. Comments by desert-raven [Rating: 8/10]
Pretty good series, Natsukawa was excellent. The music was ok, I'm not a huge fan of SMAP, but the gospel-like music was interesting.
9. Comments by gaston [Rating: 8/10]
Meisa is my new eye candy of the week. Story is engrossing -- definite cliffhangers and sensible plot. Wish the ending was peppier.
10. Comments by chokakoi [Rating: 5/10]
actually i wanted to put "?" as the rating, because i cant quite remember if i have finished watching this... hmm....
11. Comments by monstakarotte [Rating: 10/10]
for what reason ever, but this drama suddenly advanced to my favourite drama - and I suddenly totally like Tsuyopon!
12. Comments by russia [Rating: 8/10]
i thought it would be boring, but it is a brilliant piece on issues of caring for the aged.
13. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 8/10]
Kusanagi plays really good in this dorama,a little bit too heroic for a yakuza i think
14. Comments by Signo [Rating: 6/10]
the thin story is realy boring, but i got a "have to continue" feeling after all.
15. Comments by kyunspark [Rating: 7/10]
the theme is kinda unique, since there's not many dorama focusing on old people
16. Comments by wanderingfish7 [Rating: ?/10]
Kusanagi-san is a good actor,but i just don't like this drama, quite stupid.
17. Comments by cybilcora [Rating: 9/10]
really crazy story plot, but fun to watch and inspirational. Great acting.
18. Comments by sw33t_laydee [Rating: 8/10]
this drama was pretty good. i liked the comradery between the characters.
19. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
GREAT work...casting acting story, the ending was also GREAT.
20. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 8/10]
i loved this one!Tsuyopon in one of his kakkoii role here!!
21. Comments by DoramaQ [Rating: 10/10]
Good story & a good job by all of the actors.
22. Comments by Chimar [Rating: 7/10]
Kuroki doesn't do a good job of acting "tough"
23. Comments by delaciel [Rating: 8/10]
Nice one... Kuroki Meisa was very cool~~~~
24. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 2/10]
I couldn't watch more than two episodes.
25. Comments by lynn [Rating: ?/10]
Downloading...Currently watching...Ep.9
26. Comments by tetoots [Rating: 9/10]
Kuroki Meisa rocks in a suit
27. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 5/10]
Mediocre melodrama.
28. Comments by jindo [Rating: 8/10]
Highly recommended.
29. Comments by leiachan [Rating: 10/10]
simply....love it
30. Comments by SakuraDanielle [Rating: ?/10]
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Users who voted for this drama (5)
1. favug
This jdrama is better than many dramas in top 10 here on JDorama. This is because of the mix between ninkyo dintai and care taking the elderly.
The ninkyo are portrait in a realistic way and the ninkyo dintai situation also talks about the difficulties they have in nowadays Japan.
Matsudaira Ken as Takayama Gensuke (the boss) I liked very much - he really is the BOSS.
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi as Tsubasa Hikoichi couldn't be replaced by anyone in this role - if not for him, the drama wouldn't have the ninkyno feeling. He's a great actor!.
Last, but not least, Natsukawa Yui as Hatori Akira is great in the role of tough business woman - I loved how she played in Kekkon Dekinai Otoko - and here she's radiating. Without her the drama wouldn't be drama.
Great jdrama - worth watching 100%!
2. compaqmac321
Rank 12
3. KAZdoramma
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