The Family Game - Japanese Drama

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  • Drama: The Family Game
  • Romaji: Kazoku Gemu
  • Japanese: 家族ゲーム
  • Director: Yuichi Sato, Kazuyuki Iwata
  • Writer: Yohei Honma (novel), Shogo Muto
  • Network: Fuji TV
  • Episodes: 10
  • Release Date: April 17 - June 19, 2013
  • Runtime: Wednesdays 22:00
  • TV Ratings: 13.0% (weekly average)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

Kazushige Numata and his wife Kayoko have two sons. The first son Shinichi studies well, but the second son Shigeyuki does not. Kazushige and Kayoko are worried about Shigeyuki, who might even fail to enter high school. Making things worse, Shigeyuki stays at home and don't go to school.

Kazushige and his wife Kayoko finds an ad for a private tutor on the internet. They contact and then meet Yoshimoto (Sho Sakurai), who is the private tutor. During their meeting, both parties lays out one condition to work with each other. The father stipulates that Shigeyuki must go back to school within a week or Yoshimoto will be fired. Meanwhile, Yoshimoto stipulates that the parents must not interfere with his work. Yoshimoto's extraordinary teaching methods then influences not only Shigeyuki, but also his entire family.

Notes

  1. Based on the novel "Kazoku Gemu" by Yohei Honma (published in 1982 by Shueisha Inc.).
  2. Related titles:
    1. The Family Game | Kazoku Geemu (1983)
    2. The Family Game | Kazoku Gemu (Fuji TV / 2013)

Cast

The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Sho Sakurai.jpg The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Ryunosuke Kamiki.jpg
Sho Sakurai Ryunosuke Kamiki
Koya Yoshimoto Shinichi Numata
The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Seishuu Uragami.jpg The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Itsuji Itao.jpg The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Honami Suzuki.jpg The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Shiori Kutsuna.jpg The Family Game - Japanese Drama-Rie Kitahara.jpg
Seishuu Uragami Itsuji Itao Honami Suzuki Shiori Kutsuna Rie Kitahara
Shigeyuki Numata Kazushige Numata Kayoko Numata Sara Mizukami/Maki Tachibana/Maika Asami Asuka Mogami

Additional Cast Members:

Episode Ratings

Episode Date Ratings
(Kanto Region)
01 04/17/2013 12.0%
02 04/24/2013 13.7%
03 05/01/2013 11.1%
04 05/08/2013 12.2%
05 05/15/2013 12.4%
06 05/22/2013 12.9%
07 05/29/2013 13.6%
08 06/05/2013 12.6%
09 06/12/2013 12.4%
10 06/19/2013 16.7%
Average 13.0%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

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fairuza First half of the series I thought this was like a family invasion version of Aku no Kyoten, except that we never get to see fully naked service of Sakurai, like what Itou-san did in that movie. Anyway~ Then I had a feeling this might be another Maou-ish series where the psychopath was just plotting a very complicated revenge over a bullying history. and THEN the running half naked of Sakurai made me forgot the whole drama thing that was going in the background. then finally, like every typical j-drama, the last two episodes of this show proves that it was nothing like what I thought it was about, because apparently (SPOILER!) since every one is a big Psycho, none of them is the hero! And guess what!? (MORE SPOILER!) The whole world is the real psycho.

ARASHI is finally an-almost a complete package of effective-psycho-working-actors, and Aiba better get his psychopath-acting working fast if he doesn't want to be left out from the Arashi Asylum.

Ohh! And another SPOILER! What was that at the last two minutes of the series finale?? Apparently they added another Psycho twist that "probably" the whole truth that was uncovered, could be not the absolute truth after all! I swear I can smell a movie sequel a'la Galileo series y'all!! Can I hear a "De'RaaaMAAA!!!!"~

Conclusion: Love it! and If you haven't watched it yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE??! Go buy the DVD now!

>_ I just watched the first 3 episodes and now I'm hooked! I thought this is a drama about a teacher reforming a closeted teenager... But its actually more than that... So thrilling! >_<

Tsuki It is a great drama!! All the actors are extremely good. The story is also mysterious and surprising. Sakurai Sho is an awesome actor and I think this is his best role :)

Shreeya Excellent acting by Sho Sakurai and Ryunosuke Kamiki.The drama focuses on human psychology and emotions.This drama is a MUST WATCH for everyone.The most intriguing part is that we couldnot know the actual truth of Sho,of the person he was,Maybe season 2 can be made by that.

ekvar I think this is one of the best of the best dramas ever. And Sho's "good" is so creepy - I can't stop listening to it :D and the way he walks... :] Perfect acting, awesome characters, brilliant plot and it is directed in a very cool way. I loved it! It's simply a MUST WATCH :)

dramalover it's funny how he walks...lol

selaruku Wow. really... WOW! This is one of the best dramas I watched in 2013! Everyone is amazing, but the one who really stands out a lot is.. Sho Sakurai, you can only discribe him with one word, awesome. I loved him in The Quiz Show 2 with his "Drrrrrrream Chansu" and his awesome portrayal of the character and here again he portrays his character Yoshimoto in an epic way. And after watching it, at the end of the drama, you will only say (with Sakurais voice in your mind): いいねぇぇぇぇ~

docalion Wow!! Super great drama!!! Full of suspense and excitement!! Supeerrr recommended!! My only regret is not seeing a dramatic farewell between Shige-chan and Sensei!!! Their student-teacher relationship was really fun to watch and they had a very good chemistry!! Nevertheless, it was really a super great drama!! Love you Sho Sakurai!!!! My 2nd best Arashi member! Mukyaaa!!

Juergen Zhi Kitahara Rie is really cute isn't she? XD . Shou act is really cool btw. the story is really unprediction.. perfect!

Satorin A very intriguing drama that is warped and yet keeps things up in the air. Can't wait to see how it develops even further. Definitely recommended!

Kira Kira The first episode was really good! I couldn't help but laugh. I definitely recommend this one

kazurei Sho-kuuun ^^ ♥

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