Satomi Hakkenden 里見八犬伝

Satomi Hakkenden Drama SP

Drama Info:

  • Title: 里見八犬伝
  • Title in Romaji: Satomi Hakkenden
  • TV Station: TBS
  • Air Date: 02 & 03 January, 2006 @ 9pm
  • Type: Drama SP (TBS 50th Anniversary SP)
  • Theme song: “Brave Soul” by S.E.N.S.
  • Official website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/satomi8/

DVD:

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Release Date: 24 March 2006
List price: 9,975 yen
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Cast:

  • Takizawa Hideaki as Inuzuka Shino Moritaka
  • Sato Ryuta as Inukawa Sousuke Toshito
  • Oshio Manabu as Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi
  • Yamada Yu as Inusaka Kenotanetomo
  • Katsuji Ryo as Inumura Daikakumasanori
  • Ozawa Yukiyoshi as Inuyaama Dousetsutadatomo
  • Shouei as Inuta Kobungo Yasunori
  • Yamashita Shoon as Inue Shinbeemasashi
  • Ayase Haruka as Hamaji
  • Kanno Miho as Tamazusa/Myouchin
  • Nakama Yukie as Fusehime
  • Watabe Atsuro as Chuudaihoushi Kanamari Daisuketakanori
  • Nagatsuka Kyozo as Satomi Yoshizane
  • Osugi Ren as Ougigaya Tsusadamasa
  • Kyomoto Masaki as Ashikaga Shigeuji
  • Jinnai Takanori as Akaiwa Ikkaku
  • Izumi Pinko as Kamezasa
  • Takeda Tetsuya as Komiyama Ittouda
  • Tomosaka Rie as Funamushi
  • Tanabe Seiichi as Oboshisa Mojiro
  • Sano Shiro as Makuwari Daiki
  • Kurokawa Tomoka as Nui
  • Sugimoto Tetta as Inuzuka Bansaku (Shino’s father)

Rating:

  • Part 1 (2nd January 2006): 16.8%
  • Part 2 (3rd January 2006): 17.0%

Storyline:

This story is set in Awa, Japan. The head of the Satomi clan, Satomi Yoshizane, killed the Anzai clan’s corrupted head, and captured his wife, Tamazusa. She pleaded for her life to be spared, but because of Yoshizane’s fickle decision (to first spare her, then to behead her), she put a curse on the Satomi clan. After her ‘death’, misfortune started to fall on the Satomi clan. Soon, they were attacked and Yoshizane had to ask his daughter, Fusehime, and Daisuke, whom she was bethrothed to, to flee.

But Tamazusa found Fusehime, and implanted 8 puppies into Fusehime’s stomach. These puppies would bring evil to the world. In order to prevent such puppies from being born, Fusehime sacrificed herself by ending her life. At the point of her death, 8 crystals, which represent 8 virtues in life, rose into the sky and scattered in all directions across Japan, to 8 destined warriors. One of them is Shino, who received the “Filial Piety” crystal.

10 over years later, Daisuke continues his search for these 8 warriors in the quest to restore peace to the Satomi clan.

My thoughts:

The cinematography is really breathtaking! And the filming location was not only in Japan, but in Beijing, China as well. The scenery, graphics, fights, and music are superb! Overall, the storyline was really good, and intriguing. I wanted to continue watching all the way to the end, didn’t want to stop at all.

Takki was fresh from his Taiga drama role as Yoshitsune. He did the fighting scenes and stunts himself, and there were some CG scenes as well, notably with the “monster cat”. He was really kakkoii at the end when he wore the blue warrior suit and bandana, holding the katana! ^^

This drama is what we can expect of a 50th anniversary drama SP. The production cost must be really high, with the kind of cast members and overseas location shoots. It was Yamashita Shoon’s first time acting and I think he did a really good job. The other one who really stood out for me was Kanno Miho, who portrayed the evil Tamazusa.

The theme song by S.E.N.S. is so beautiful.

Original Soundtrack:
By Infinix / Universal Music
Buy @ CDJapanAmazon

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蒼の章 (Disc 1):

  1. Brave Soul~エスニックヴァージョン
  2. Love Forever
  3. 剣士の舞
  4. 涅槃の月
  5. 遥か遠く
  6. 八犬士
  7. 栄華の夢
  8. 哀歌
  9. 悪の華
  10. 風林火山
  11. 天地神明
  12. 鬼哭
  13. 因果応報
  14. 流転の旅
  15. 夜叉
  16. 森羅万象
  17. 大地をゆく
  18. 山河
  19. 優しき面影
  20. 八犬士・水晶
朱の章 (Disc 2):

  1. Brave Soul~アンビエントヴァージョン
  2. Illusion
  3. 修羅の刻
  4. 栄枯盛衰
  5. 安房の国の物語
  6. 遠き笛の調べ
  7. 旅立ちの時
  8. 泰平
  9. 十戒
  10. 疾風
  11. 無念夢想
  12. 八犬士・絆
  13. 夕焼け
  14. 諸行無常
  15. 動乱
  16. 別離
  17. 煩悩
  18. 千年の旅

Listen to samples of the tracks here.

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