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Oshin [おしん]






Drama Details
Telecast:1983-04-04 to 1984-03-31
Season:Spring 1983

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TV Station:NHK
Duration:297 Episodes (15 min. each)

The 31st NHK Asadora Drama is Oshin.

Oshin tells the story of a girl born into a very poor rural family in Japan, who through hard work and perseverance eventually triumphs over pain and adversity to achieve fame and success.

Broadcast in the early 1980s when Japan had finally cast off the legacy of the post-war years and the Japanese were beginning to reap the benefits of economic development, the aim of the story was to recall the hardships the older generation had endured in order to pave the way for their children. Viewers were drawn to the suffering of the main character Oshin - and then drew similarities between her story and their own home lives.

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1. Oshin おしん」メインテーマ

Actor/Actress Cast (57)
Kobayashi Ayako
Oshin (aged 6 to 10)
Tanaka Yuko
Oshin (aged 16 to 46)
Otowa Nobuko
Oshin (aged 50 to 84)
Izumi Pinko
Fuji (Oshin's mother)
Ito Shiro
(Oshin's father)
Oji Michio
Naka (Oshin's grandmother)
Yoshioka Yuichi
Shoji (Oshin's older brother)
Watanabe Eri
Tora (Shoji's wife)
Sendo Nobuko
Haru (Oshin's older sister - young)
Senno Hiromi
Haru (Oshin's older sister)
Watanabe Tomiko
Riki (family friend)
Namiki Shiro
Ryuzo (Oshin's husband)
Kitamura Kazuo
Daigoro (Ryuzo's father)
Takamori Kazuko
Kiyo (Ryozo's mother)
Kitamura Soichiro
Taro (Ryuzo's older brother)
Kanze Yoko
Tsuneko (Fukutaro's wife)
Imafuku Masao
Imamura Genemon
Ito Takeshi
Yuu (Oshin's oldest son - young)
Yamano Reo
Yuu (Oshin's oldest son - young)
Matsuda Yoji
Yuu (Oshin's oldest son - young)
Norimasa Fuke
Yuu (Oshin's oldest son)
Yamashita Shinji
Hitoshi (Oshin's son - young)
Takahashi Etsushi
Hitoshi (Oshin's son)
Tanaka Misako
Michiko (Hitoshi's wife - young)
Asaji Yoko
Michiko (Hitoshi's wife)
Yoshino Yoshiko
Kirihara Fumio
Nagashima Yuko
Hatsuko (Oshin's adopted daughter - young)
Sasaki Ai
Hatsuko (Oshin's adopted daugther)
Shikiya Aya
Yashiro Kayo (Oshin's friend - young)
Azuma Terumi
Yashiro Kayo (Oshin's friend)
Nagaoka Teruko
Kuni (Kayo's grandmother)
Kobayashi Chitose
Mino (Kayo's mother)
Ishida Taro
Seitaro (Kayo's father)
Nomura Mannojo
Yatsushiro Nozomi (Kayo's son)
Ohashi Goro
Kei (Nozomi's son)
Watanabe Misako
Harada Taka (mistress)
Nagawa Shinobu
Tomizawa Michie
Shimamura Miki
Maya Yuko
Tanaka Setsuko
Maruyama Hiroko
Nakamura Masatoshi
Shunsaku (deserter)
Watase Tsunehiko
Takakura Kota/Namiki Kota (Oshin's first boyfriend)
Uratani Hizuru
Hyugo Akiko
Kodate Yuki
Tanigawa Miyuki
Konoshima Aiko
Kuwabara Kazuto
Guts Ishimatsu
Nakazawa Ken (ep98)
Akagi Harue
Koyama Hisa
Nagamisa Hiroko
Saito Yosuke
Tanaka Yoshiko
Nagato Hiroyuki

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1. Oshin Fan Site

Drama Reviews (9)
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1. A classic [Rating: 10/10]
Oshin pushes beyond "classic" into the realm of "phenomenon." This story of a woman's life from poor child to prominence captures Japan as it moves through series of trials that always seem intimate and, very often, melancholy.

It originally aired in 297 episodes over the period of one year. No Japanese drama has approached Oshin in terms of its world popularity. It grabs you and won't let go.
Reviewed by jdoramadotcom on 30 March 2009
2. great dorama [Rating: 10/10]
i used to watch this series with my mom when it was shown back years ago in my country. it was shown half way through then it stopped. they continued after a few years, sadly my mom passed away before they start showing it again.

But this dorama is the best... out of all dorama or any other tv series i ever watched and i just got it with englis sub (after all this years).
Reviewed by ami_yan on 5 November 2006
3. Oshin ^_^ [Rating: 10/10]
The greatest jdorama I have ever seen. I watched it first like around 10 years ago subbed in english and just acquired them on DVD (with no subs unfortunalty >_<). But I recommend everyone to watch it! =D It's the best! Great story.
Reviewed by alkhoon on 5 November 2003
4. Oshin on VCD / DVD [Rating: 10/10]
BEST Japanese Drama ever!! I still remember watching when I was young.
I want to buy Oshin DVDs or VCDs with English or Malay subtitle / Dubbing . Please email me at [email protected] if you have it. Thanx
Reviewed by Keeny on 23 April 2007
5. A Classic [Rating: 10/10]
This one captivated the entire world's heart. Please, I need to find out if this is available with English subtitles/dubbing on VCD or DVD. Would be grateful.
Reviewed by adichad on 4 January 2005
6. my first drama [Rating: 9/10]
I remember my grandma loves this drama!!,we allways see this drama togheter,so this is my first drama
Reviewed by Johnny's_drama on 20 June 2003
7. My 1st dorama [Rating: 10/10]
My 1st dorama..wonderful & gorgeus!!
Reviewed by ester_grace on 23 December 2010
8. My 1st dorama [Rating: 10/10]
My 1st dorama..wonderful & gorgeus!!
Reviewed by ester_grace on 23 December 2010
9. Oshin [Rating: 1/10]
Reviewed by anhdao on 26 May 2007

Comments From Users (40)
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1. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 10/10]
NKH 297 Episodes x 15 mins. each. Wonderful acting - so natural. Nazukashi ~nostalgic feelings. A look at the hardships of being poor. Lil Oshin wa totemo kawaii~with the cutest rosey red cheeks. It's fun watching her. When spoken to, she always listens attentively with interest~eye contact. Enter 16 year old Oshin - very well mannered in moral&etiquette. Kayo hasn't changed. :D Oshin hits Tokyo - new work, changes in her personal life, and eps. filled with smiles&laughter. Oshin is even quite silly at times. :p Late teens/early 20s continues with struggles of work and family life. There's a long run of eps. that'll anger and exhaust many. It did me and although I'm not sure keeping the viewer in such an angry state for so long is good viewing, it's addicting (as is this whole drama anyways). As we near the 200 mark, we'll be reminded of a lil Oshin again! and again, tears of joy. The series will touch all emotions, from sadness to laughter to anger. Nakamura Masatoshi (early eps.) delivers some really powerful lines that are moving ~kurushi~tsurai~kanashi.

(Edit after watching years later a 2nd time). The first go-around, little Oshin had captured my heart. But after watching it again, it's definitely Tanaka Yuko who makes this drama.

Elder Oshin covers her rise in business and the lives of her now grown children. A lot of back and forth bickering with her son Hitoshi on business decisions/personal life (both can be annoying and each take blame). The third act is forgettable at times - not to say it's not entertaining, just more people being covered and the consequences not as dire.

Regardless, this still stands as my all-time favorite Japanese drama. The drama is up and down throughout (tears of sadness/joy go back and forth) so it moves and keeps it entertaining.

Note: Lil Oshin (Eps. 1-36). Young lady to middle years (Eps.37-225). Later years (Eps. 226 - 297).
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 9/10]
The most famous Japanese drama ever. Does it deserve to be. I think it needs to be watched while remembering the era in which it aired. The time when Japan was at its best economically, but while people were still alive to recall much harder times. This show was about people crawling up from the bottom all the way up. Mostly the thing to say about this is that it's long. I have never watched anything that really felt like it was depicting someone's entire life. It's neat, but the constantly changing cast is jarring, and makes it a bit hard to feel they are the same people rather than disconnected stories.

Before I had watched this, I was familiar with the famous scene of young Oshin crying for her mother on a raft. It was surprising to actually see how small a part her entire young life really was to the whole story. There were time periods I really liked, and others I despised. I am always put off by historical stories that are narrated by the characters when they are old in the present, but when I realized it was actually connecting itself back to the present time I was quite amazed really. I think I can see why this was such a phenomenon in its time, and how it could serve as a bridge between a truly profound generational gap, but being born well after that gap, I just don't find it anywhere near as good as my favorite morning dramas. Though in all fairness, they may not have been as good, or even exist, if it wasn't for the foundation laid by Oshin.
3. Comments by zealous [Rating: 10/10]
This is the best drama i ever watched... It's a very long drama but worth it to watch.. It tell us how the very little girl survive for living by her self.. trying to figure out about life for herself... and most important it's a very touching drama... Great I recommed to all to watch it all over again...
4. Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: 9/10]
This was my first Jdoama... watch it when I was a little kid... Though I can't really remember the whole story... My entire family & I were hooked on to it... It has become a family affair watching the series every evening...
5. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 10/10]
This was the very first drama which I have seen. It's still so vividly clear to me. Oshin charater is a very strong will person who is determined when she set out her goal. This will be one of the classic in my list.
6. Comments by athida [Rating: 8/10]
My very first Japanese drama. I don't think I saw all of it but saw the early episodes when Oshin was still young. I remember loving her dearly and feeling sorry for her at the same time. Wow, that was back in 1994!
7. Comments by adichad [Rating: 10/10]
I watched only about 30 or so episodes of this in India when I was a kid. I really liked it and I want to find out if there is an affordable way to get all 297 episodes of this classic on vcd or dvd.
8. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 8/10]
This is the very first japanese I've watch. It was in dubbed version. Recently bought the original version and really enjoy rewatching this again. Very heart warming, very motivating
9. Comments by ume [Rating: 8/10]
Watched a translated version of this on my local TV. Don't remmeber the plot now...just that the thing was really long and I found it quite interesting... at the time....
10. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 8/10]
My FIRST ever Japanese drama!! An absolute classic. Love the first and the second part. Didin't quite like the part after the war or the 'elder' part though...
11. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 10/10]
my first and best j-dorama. never missed this dorama when it's aired in national tv (tvri) back in eighties/nineties. all time favorite.
12. Comments by Dina-chan [Rating: 10/10]
I think this is a very good story (or history...I don't really know)and this story is very well-known in Indonesia...Banzai Oshin!!!
13. Comments by Genma [Rating: 8/10]
Tale of a woman's life from 8 to 80 years (to be exact, 6 to 84). The Chinese version of this drama was titled "Ah(1) Xin(4)".
14. Comments by FallenStar [Rating: 10/10]
Still remember the emotions I felt when watching this drama so many years ago.
Oshin's life moved me deeply.
15. Comments by butterLiLy [Rating: 10/10]
This has to be my first ever jdrama that I've watched. I was about 5/6 then. This was a true classic
16. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 9/10]
The "Citizen Kane" of asadoras. Too bad the characters are fictional, this would make a great Taiga.
17. Comments by ryce [Rating: ?/10]
Watched it when I was still a kid... my mum & aunts loved it alot... Always with a teary eye... ^^"
18. Comments by peace_chan [Rating: 10/10]
the best of the best Jdorama. Very inspired us..not only in Japan, all country in the world..
19. Comments by shikirocks [Rating: 9/10]
Watched the eglish dub of this in my country a long time ago. It was really good.
20. Comments by vienna_sg [Rating: 8/10]
Remember i watch it when i was a kid. Really long, not much memory of the story
21. Comments by dewidrop [Rating: 7/10]
cant really remember the story. but i added anyway cus it was really famous
22. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 6/10]
can't remember much of it.but,one helluva classic dorama..n quite long...
23. Comments by pandora [Rating: 8/10]
If you're one for drawn out misery watch this...it is good though...
24. Comments by Takumi Am Soichiro [Rating: 10/10]
Sad drama, ever I had watching since I was a child. Great drama !!!
25. Comments by Zi Yan Kosaka [Rating: 9/10]
First japanese drama I've ever seen.....Luv this drama!
26. Comments by Mali [Rating: 10/10]
Such a touching story! A masterpeace. My first Dorama.
27. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 10/10]
The greatest longest Jdrama show on a global scale!
28. Comments by fuqinlan [Rating: 10/10]
this is the first japanese show that i have seen !
29. Comments by iez [Rating: 8/10]
this dorama has a sentimental-value for me!.....
30. Comments by adinda_indriaputri@yahoo. [Rating: ?/10]
it was a famous jdorama at that time

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Users who voted for this drama (15)
1. for3vergirl
Nothing compared to this one and only morning dramas ever aired. It dubbed in so many languages and nobody could even remember. My country, Indonesia, is one of them. The dramas took away people's attention as they had breakfast or as they prepared to go to work in the morning. The emotional and moral value of this story is so huge that it became, I think, the first Japanese drama that captured the attention of ppl in my country.
2. ohikaenasutte
My 1st J-dorama! Didn't remember the stories because way back 20 years ago, but I remember it was very long, inspired, emotional and touching drama about love and life hardship. Have special slot in my memory becoz watching it with my beloved grandma who have passed away. Both my parent also used to love this J-drama. Must see!
3. aoi_dolphine
My vote goes to this drama as it's my first since way back... and after this drama is shown again and re-watching it, it's still does not lost it's charm after all these years. It's a classic piece.
4. brian_brian
agree ... I also ...remember this great j-drama .. was watch with my love sister before she passed away ...
5. snow_san
Wonderful drama that'll move you. Filled with tears of joy&sadness. Kurushi. Tsurai. Kanashi.
6. viagnette
Best TV melodrama transpiring different eras and lifestyle from edo to metropolitan
7. gaijinmark
Without doubt the best asadora ever made and one of the best dramas ever made.
8. Ali
Very nice dorama. So many things to learn.
9. alkhoon
I love this jdorama so much!
10. Mask Maker
Heartfelt and enduring!
11. xoai
This's my first Jdrama!
12. Pes
A great Dorama ...
13. Mali
A masterpeace
14. jasspong
15. Taira-Panku