There must be something in the air, because this is the third Kimura Takuya drama I’ve finished this year. This is a bit surreal since I’ve avoided Kimura’s dramas for the better part of a decade, but I suppose it had to happen sometime. And since this year seems to be about giving actors I don’t particularly care for another chance, I gave it a shot.
Set in Kansai during the restructuring of the financial industry in the late 1960s, Karei naru Ichizoku depicts the conflicts and secrets within the Manpyo clan, notably the rivalry between the father Daisuke (Kitaoji Kinya), a powerful banker who heads Hanshin Bank, and his eldest son Teppei (Kimura Takuya), the executive managing director of Hanshin Steelworks. As Teppei works to advance his firm’s ambitions of breaking into the global steel market, he runs into stiff opposition, chief of which is coming from Daisuke, who for some reason dislikes Teppei… Continue reading