Shinsengumi (2004)
Japanese Drama


Katori Shingo – Kondo Isami
Yamamoto Koji – Hijikata Toshizou
Fujiwara Tatsuya – Okita Soji
Yamaguchi Tomomitsu – Nagakura Shinpachi
Odagiri Joe – Saito Hajime
Sakai Masato – Yamanami Keisuke
Kobayashi Takashi – Inoue Genzaburo
Sawaguchi Yasuko – Okita Mitsu
Yuka – Miyukidayu

The Shinsengumi! TV series is one of the Japanese dramas I really really want to watch over and over again. Not only will these series give me entertainment every time I watch them but as well a taste of what was then in Japan during its time of chaos, where the Japanese are trying to shape their country and form it as what it is today, where assassinations were but a common thing by that time. I recommended watching these series. Very nice. Though Japanese language is used all throughout the series, subtitle in English is provided as well. SHINSENGUMI! Makoto!

The 43rd NHK Taiga Drama is Shinsengumi!. The arrival of Commodore Perry’s “Black Ships” rudely awakened Japan from 300 years of peaceful isolation from the world. Men set their eyes beyond Japan and began to demand change in society. Old clashed with the new, and thus began an age of turmoil. Amidst this confusion, one group remained true to the old ways and risked their lives to preserve the traditional shogunate system. Led by their charismatic captain, Kondo Isami, the Shuinsenguim upheld the code of honor of the samurai. Tales abound of the feats of men like Kondo, Hijikata Toshizo, Saito Hajime, and Okita Soji. This NHK taiga drama brings to life the passion and glory of these men who lived during the most turbulent time in Japanese history. Full of pathos, action-packed, this is a series not to be missed by chambara fans.

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