Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Must Watch Japanese Drama - Hanzawa Naoki


If you are looking for a good drama to watch, i highly recommends this Japanese TBS drama "Hanzawa Naoki" which ended recently in Japan. I have been wanting to write about it but i have been really busy with finding suitable contractor or ID for my home renovation. I finished watching this drama 2 weeks ago and finds it really entertaining and meaningful. I love its fast paced plot which keeps you hooked on each episode and leaves me craving for more. I'm hoping that TBS will continue with season 2 and alot of fans are also asking for it. I have been recommending this drama to my family and friends and my cousin told me that she and her boyfriend love it.

The collection from the TV episodes and the popularity poll for the show has achieved the highest rating in three decades of Japanese television drama. "Hanzawa Naoki" achieved high ratings in Japan and even broke drama king Takuya Kimura's record viewership ratings in his 2010 drama "Beautiful Life" which was one of my top favorites and a Kimura classics!  "Hanzawa Naoki" will be showing soon in Taiwan and Hong Kong and hopefully in Singapore too. In the meanwhile you can also watch it online at (

The series follows the story of Hanzawa Naoki, a banker working for the largest bank in Japan, Tokyo Chuo Bank. He faces numerous obstacles from upper management as he climbs his way up the ranks. The show received consistently high ratings: the final episode reached 42.2% in the Kanto area, the highest figure for a drama in the Heisei Era. Read on for more information about the drama.


Hanzawa Naoki (Masato Sakai) works for Tokyo Chuo Bank as the head of the Loans Division at their Osaka Nishi branch. Hanzawa has a secret reason for working at the bank. He has been hoping to seek revenge on executive director Akira Ohwada (Teruyuki Kagawa) for causing the death of his father. He had witnessed how Owada humilated his father and caused him to commit suicide after recommending that the bank withdrew the loan for their family business. Hanzawa was only a teenager when his father passed away and their family went through alot of hardships and he believes in double payback for those who messes with him.



His kind and supportive wife Hana (Aya Ueto) constantly tries to remind him not to always seek double payback and spare a thought for the repercussions on those people's innocent family members. She is the one that helps Hanzawa not to turn to the evil side at times when he is obsessed with seeking double payback.

The story starts with Hanzawa working at the Osaka Nishi branch and his overbearing branch manager, Asano had forced him to award an unsecured loan of 500 million yen to Nishi Osaka Steel. On the surface, Nishi Osaka Steel seems like a very reputable company, but in actual fact it is a company in deep trouble. Debt-ridden, the company accountants resort to window-dressing the financial statements in order to hide the truth from the public. Three months after the loan, Nishi Osaka Steel goes bankrupt and the ambitious and power-hungry Asano makes Hanzawa the scapegoat for the 500 million loss. Hanzawa is called to Tokyo to answer to the internal investigations team, where he vehemently denies responsibility for the loss, and swears to recover the 500 million yen. That is the only course of action for Hanzawa, if he wants to survive in the banking industry.

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