Genre: Human drama, politics
With the deaths of ruling party’s Fukuoka Member of Parliament and his eldest son, his heir apparent, in an plane accident, a by-election had to be held right away and, Kanbayashi Masaichi, the House secretary of the ruling party,conceived the idea of fielding the second son, Asakura Keita, and sent his secretary Miyama Rika to complete the task.
Keita was an elementary school teacher in Nagano and his hobby was star gazing.He had no interest in politics. At Rika’s persuasion and the pressure of his family, he reluctantly agreed to run for office but with no intention of winning. However, with the help of Nirasawa Katsutoshi, an election strategist, he went on to win by a narrow margin of just 164 votes.
When the Prime Minister was forced to resign over allegation of sexual harrassment, Kanbayashi concocted the idea of nominating the inept Keita to run for the party’s leadership and thereby becoming the next Prime Minister as he thought it would be easy to manipulate him and work the situation to his own advantage so he would become the next PM when Keita failed. However, the sincerity and hard work of Keita soon won over every sceptic and as Kanbayashi found out, he was not a puppet on his strings. Kanbayashi had to come up with another scheme to destroy Keita. How far would he go to realize his ambition? Could he succeed?
Kimura Takuya as Asakura Keita
Fukatsu Eri as Miyama Rika
Terao Akira as Kanbayashi Shoichi
Abe Hiroshi as Nirasawa Katsutoshi
Kato Rosa as Miyamoto Hikaru
Horiuchi Keiko as Tsukioka Rumiko
Kazama Morio as Kondo Mitsuki
Nakamura Atsuo as Onoda Asao
Kouyama Shigeru as Nihei Sakae
Obayashi Takeshi as Kakiuchi Tatsuhiko
Ishiguro Ken as Ubukata Tsuneo
Fuji Sumiko as Asakura Takae
Nishimura Masahiko as Momosaka Tetsuya
Hiraizumi Sei as Gunji Hideo
Yajima Kenichi as Nishi Seiji
Suzuki Kosuke as Akiyama Taro Kansuke
Ohkura Koji as Danbara Dan
12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring 2008): Best Drama
12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring 2008): Best Actor – Kimura Takuya
57th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor: Kimura Takuya