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Fumo Chitai [不毛地帯]



Drama Details
Title:Fumo Chitai
The Waste Land
Telecast:2009-10-15 to 2010-03-11
Season:Fall 2009

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:19 Episodes

Iki Tadashi is a military leader who was captured by the Soviets during World War II. Treated as a war criminal, he was sentenced to many years of labor in a harsh Siberian detention camp. After 11 years of imprisonment, he is released. He returns to Japan and begins readjusting to life as a civilian, rejecting an offer from his former colleague to work on a defense project. Tadashi has decided to never involve himself in war again, much to the joy of his family. Instead, he attempts to set off on a new path working at a major trading company.

This drama is a remake after the original that aired in 1979.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Opening Theme [Sakamoto Ryuichi]
2. Tom Traubert's Blues [Tom Waits]

Actor/Actress Cast (25)
Karasawa Toshiaki
Iki Tadashi
Wakui Emi
Iki Yoshiko
Yanagiba Toshiro
Kawamata Isao
Akitsu Chisato
Tabe Mikako
Iki Naokko
Harada Yoshio
Daimon Ichizo
Endo Kenichi
Sameshima Tatsumi
Amami Yuki
Hamanaka Beniko
Kishibe Ittoku
Satoi Tatsuya
Nakamura Atsuo
Akitsu Noritake
Takenouchi Yutaka
Hyodo Shinichiro
Abe Sadao
Tawara Hideo
Matsushige Yutaka
Koide Hiroshi
Furuta Arata
Ashida Kunio
Hakamada Yoshihiko
Hanawa Shiro
Sasaki Kuranosuke
Akitsu Seiki
Hashizume Isao
Tanigawa Taisa
Nakamaru Shinsho
Takemura Masaru
Ito Shiro
Hisamatsu Seizo
Danta Yasunori
Kaizuka Michio
Kajihara Zen
Kaifu Kaname
Saiki Shigeru
Matsumoto Haruhiko
Takahashi Taira
Iki Makoto
Koyama Shigeru
神山 繁
Mishima Kanjicho (ep. 4)
Nagano Satomi
Kawamata Hisayo (ep. 4)

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Drama Reviews (1)
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1. How Itochu Corp transform itself. [Rating: 8/10]
This is a remake of the 1979 TBS version. Fumo Chitai is basically an autobiography of Ryuzo Sejima who was the Chairman of Itochu Corp from 1978-1987.The story incorporates the history of Itochu Corp from a textile trading firm to a major trading firm. Since Fumo Chitai is not an official biography, all the names have been changed (but the fictional names do rhyme with the real ones and it's not difficult to guess). Like all Yamazaki Toyoko's works, it promises excitment, revelation, lessons all rolled into 19 episodes that will keep us at the edge of our seats. Is there any plot that will spoil the drama ? Yes, Koyuki-san. I'm sorry but I believe a good drama doesn't require a pretty vase to enhance.
Reviewed by Eyeyore on 14 July 2010

Comments From Users (8)
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1. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 7/10]
This is actually quite good but I can't help the feeling of the overwhelming smell of a whitewash. Obviously this is not factual but the drama glosses over some important points to make our hero look good: 1. The spy allegation. 2. Sawajima is made to look like a 2 dimensional pantomime villain but in spite of this Endou Kenichi does well to portray his character.3. It doesn't show his wife's side of the story. 4.The wartime military elites seem to continue to hold important posts after the war. 5.Much of the contract work seems to be tied up with military contracts like the trucks for the Indonesian army and the procurement of F-14 jet fighters for Iran. And yet this is ushered into the background. 5. The treatment of Koide by the company.6. Just what role and responsibilty did Iki Tadashi have during the war.So for me the drama losses marks because of this.Other than that the cast was excellent and the actors apart from Koyuki and Amami Yuki, were aged well by the make up crew, those 2 didn't look any different as the years passed.
2. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 10/10]
wow, Iki Tadashi was really a great man. My eyes filled with tears at the end of epi 19, when he said "i never done anything to this country" although he already did some great thing for Japan and sacrifice some of his life for it
3. Comments by Eve [Rating: 10/10]
Well scripted, with a perfect cast and high production values. This showpiece was riveting start to finish.
4. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: 7/10]
good - though quite dry early on it gets better in the second half
5. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 9/10]
Outstanding in every way!! Best drama of '09!!
6. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 9/10]
epic!!all star cast!kinda serious drama..
7. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
as good as i expected it to be
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Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. Eyeyore