I apologize for my lack of content and diligence.

20 May

I would like to apologize to all of my followers for my lack of content on this site until now.  However in my defense I was in an accident that broke several bones in my right arm and shoulder making things very difficult for me to keep up with work, eat and for purposes of jpfmovies I’m forced to type with my left hand only.  Try it and see how hard it is believed me what used to take minutes now takes hours.  Though I’m not fully healed I cannot stand not putting up a more content on the site so I’m going to slug through our next series of reviews no matter what it takes.


Our next review will be a nine part Japanese TV series based on novel I cannot get my hands on for the life of me called “A splendid family.”  We will examine the series episode by episode but in general here’s a synopsis of the excellent work.

Set in the post-World War II climate of the 1960’s in Kobe, the show explores the struggle for power within the powerful Manpyo family. The cornerstone of their empire is the Hanshin Bank, a fictional version of the former Kobe Bank (now Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)), controlled by the father of the clan, Daisuke Manpyo Eldest son Teppei is the managing director of Hanshin Steelworks, fictional version of Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd.). The ambitious Teppei seeks to expand operations of his company, and goes to his father to see if he can secure a loan. But the Minister of Finance seeks the merger of smaller Japanese banks to fend off foreign competition. Daisuke must decide whether to protect his son’s interest in manufacturing or to ensure the survival of the bank that he controls.

The series mostly revolves on the hidden secrets within the Manpyo family. A running theme throughout the show is Teppei’s constant hunger for his father’s approval. However, instead of being seen as a son, he is often seen as a threat by his own father. Throughout most of the series, they are competing as Daisuke refuses to help in Teppei’s struggles.

At the end, we are shown why the characters act as they did. Teppei’s mother was supposedly raped by his grandfather, therefore, making Daisuke unsure if Teppei was actually his, or Keisuke’s (his father). Teppei’s uncanny resemblance to Keisuke, and his blood type proves to Daisuke that he was, indeed, his half-brother. This causes the heartache that surrounds the Manpyo family.

Teppei’s company is not saved. As he finds out that he was not actually who he thought he was, he goes to the mountains where his family hunts. He makes a final call to his wife. The next morning, Teppei leaves a suicide note and shoots himself.

When the Manpyo family learns about Teppei’s death, his mother is distraught.  His father however, seems placid and cold. A man then comes in and asks the parents to sign Teppei’s death certificate. Daisuke notices that they had made a mistake in the certificate, he states that they had Teppei’s blood type wrong. The man informs them that the blood test taken during the war was wrong, but the current one is accurate.  This revelation drives Teppei’s mother into a fit. Daisuke is weakened. The man he thought to be a product of his father’s horrible actions, was in fact, his own son. He is even more remorseful when he reads Teppei’s suicide letter.  Finally, Teppei is given the acceptance that he so long craved for.

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