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11:09 am - 02/06/2013

Cast of “Oshin” film revealed, Aya Ueto to play Oshin’s mother


On Tuesday, a press conference was held in Tokyo to announce the cast of Shin Togashi’s upcoming Oshin movie. Aya Ueto will play Oshin’s mother Fuji Tanimura, taking over the role played by Pinko Izumi in the original TV drama.

The massively successful drama originally aired on NHK almost 30 years ago, earning an average rating of 52.6% with a high of 62.9%.

While the drama spanned Oshin’s entire life during its year-long run, the film will instead focus primarily her childhood years in the early 19th century. With the harsh, yet beautiful natural surroundings of Yamagata Prefecture as a backdrop, the story revolves around a young peasant girl who perseveres through various hardships and experiences growth.

Ueto’s fellow cast members were also revealed at the event. Child actress Kokone Hamada was selected from 2,471 participants in an open audition to play young Oshin. Pinko Izumi will return to play the grandmother at Kaga-ya, a family-owned rice wholesaler. Kayoko Kishimoto will play Tsune, an employee at Nakagawa Lumber Shop. Ayako Kobayashi will play Mino, the young wife at Kaga-ya. Ryosuke Nogi will play Seitaro, proprietor of Kaga-ya. Jitsuko Yoshimura will play Naka Tanimura, Oshin’s grandmother. Shinnosuke Mitsushima will play a deserter named Shunsaku. And finally, Guts Ishimatsu will play an old charcoal maker named Matsuzou.

Filming of “Oshin” will begin in mid-February with a release planned for October.


queencrystallia 6th-Feb-2013 06:50 am (UTC)
i wanna watch this but too bad i'll wait tooo long until its out online >
mjlights 6th-Feb-2013 07:08 am (UTC)
My very first jdorama. Wonder if it will remain faithful to the original. The original made me cry and got me hooked.
edneichon 6th-Feb-2013 07:14 am (UTC)
The original drama is so sad, very succesful and it was broadcasted in my country when i was a kid xD

Edited at 2013-02-06 07:19 am (UTC)
mierin_sama 6th-Feb-2013 07:49 am (UTC)
I remember a time when I was a small child and this was broadcasted in my country (and dubbed in our language too). I didn't think much of it that time, but my grandmother loved to watch the drama.

Heck, now I feel like watching the drama too XD
jlie_ly 6th-Feb-2013 08:51 am (UTC)
when i was a kid, this Oshin was phenomenal in my country, everyone and their mothers watched it, i was too young to remember what was it about but it was so big in my country that the name Oshin has been widely used as a noun to refer housemaid ever since.
baboona 6th-Feb-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
my queen has a crazy schedule ahead of her: 3 movies in 3-4 months
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