Tag Archive: Masato Sakai

Jan 25 2018

dLibrary Japan launches Japanese drama streaming service in North America

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When dLibrary Japan’s ad showed up in my Facebook feed boasting legal streams of Doctor X, Sanada Maru, and Matsuko no Shiranai Sekai, I was on their website signing up for the free one-week trial faster than you could say “Shippai shinai no de!” dLibary’s lineup might look familiar to cable subscribers who’ve used the …

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Nov 12 2016

Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 4 (Review)

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Hanzawa Naoki Episode 4 Review by David Cirone After his temporary victory at the surprise on-site inspection, Hanzawa (Masato Sakai) finds himself on borrowed time as bank manager Asano (Kanji Ishimaru) moves forward with his plan to get Hanzawa transferred out of the bank as punishment for the bank’s losses.

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Oct 09 2016

Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 3 (Review)

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Hanzawa Naoki Episode 3 Review by David Cirone Even though Hanzawa failed to grab Higashida’s property, the determined banker is causing too much trouble for his scheming superiors, and they order a surprise three-day inspection to keep him off balance and prevent any more surprise moves. Led by Tokyo Chuo Bank’s Deputy Manager Ogiso (still …

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Sep 08 2016

Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 2 (Review)

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Hanzawa Naoki Episode 2 Review by David Cirone In the aftermath of Hanzawa’s face-off with the bank’s disciplinary committee, his superiors scramble to do damage control and put a swift end to Hanzawa’s unpredictable plan. Moreover, the longer they wait to put Hanzawa in his place, the more they’ll risk damage to their own fragile …

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Aug 20 2016

Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 1 (Review)

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Hanzawa Naoki Episode 1 Review by David Cirone Hanzawa Naoki‘s opening shot, a slowly-zooming close-up of the title character’s confession of beliefs, instantly brings to mind comparisons to The Godfather. Like Michael Corleone, mild-mannered banker Hanzawa is a man who transforms because of a duty to family, a dedication to his father, and ultimately, a …

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Nov 19 2015

Hanzawa Naoki – Trailer (video)

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TBS Global has posted an English-subtitled trailer for the popular drama series Hanzawa Naoki (using the western version of the lead character’s name, given name first). The drama scored a ratings record for its thrilling final episode, and won several Japanese awards: Best Drama (Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix), Best Director for Katsuo Fukuzawa (Television …

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Mar 17 2014

UTB Los Angeles premieres record-setting Japanese drama Hanzawa Naoki

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Los Angeles television station UTB 18.2 has announced the start of two new drama series in Spring 2014. Hanzawa Naoki stars Masato Sakai (who previously starred in UTB’s crime drama Joker) as a loan officer forced to take the blame for a bad loan approved by his superiors. Hanzawa decides to recover the money himself …

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Apr 29 2013

JOKER (Series Review)

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JOKER Yurusarezaru Sosakan Series Review by David Cirone Joker drags along at a snail’s pace, and whenever an opportunity for true tension comes along, it’s diffused, prolonged, and drained by a muddy storyline determined to be as polite as possible about the terrible crime of murder. After a promising but flawed opening (*see Episode 1 …

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