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THE VULTURE

Original Title:
ハゲタカ
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Introduction

The sensational drama aired on NHK from February to March of 2007 and dramatized the timely and innovative theme of corporate buy-outs. The program showcased the powerful direction and seasoned cast as they mesmerized audiences with the complex maneuvers in the world of corporate acquisitions. This controversial drama broke all conventions and won critical acclaim at home and abroad. It was awarded the “Prix Italia” ? the oldest and most prestigious international radio, television and web competition.

The 59th Prix Italia (Italy) “Prix Italia” for TV Drama Serials

The 32nd Golden Chest International TV Festival (Bulgaria) “The Prize of MOSFILM” for TV Films and Mini-Series for Adults

Asian TV Awards 2007 (Singapore) “Best Drama Series”

In response to the overwhelming requests for a sequel and following a highly competitive bid for the filming rights, NHK Enterprises and Toho Pictures, Inc. joined forces to produce the film. The critically acclaimed drama series “The Vulture” introduces an entirely new story in the film sequel!

Story

Masahiko Washizu (Nao Omori) is fed up with the closed Japanese market and chooses to live abroad. One day, he is visited by his sworn friend Takeo Shibano (Kyohei Shibata), who works for a top auto maker, Akama Motors in Japan. Shibano suspects a hostile takeover by a foreign mega-fund and asks Washizu to save the company. Washizu’s archrival “Red Vulture” Ryu (Tetsuji Tamayama), who was once Washizu’s subordinate at a fund in New York, is hired by a Chinese mega-fund worth 250 billion U.S. Dollars to acquire Akama Motors. With Akama Motor in play, an unprecedented Japanese buy-out war was about to be launched, pitting the two “vultures” against each other. What will become of them ? and of Japan ? in the aftermath?

The world revolves around money ? and money breeds tragedy.

Cast

OMORI Nao

WASHIZU Masahiko

TAMAYAMA Tetsuji

Ryu

KURIYAMA Chiaki

MISHIMA Yuka

SHIBATA Kyohei

SHIBANO Takeo

Data

Director
OTOMO Keishi
Original Story
MAYAMA Jin
Producer
KURUBE Kei
ENDO Manabu
Planning
NHK ENTERPRISES
Screenplay
HAYASHI Koji
Music
SATO Naoki
Cinematography
KIYOKU Motonobu
Production Design
HANATANI Hidefumi
Lighting
KAWABE Takayuki
Editor
OBA Hiroyuki
Release Date in Japan
2009.06.13
Running time
134min
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