Minato Kanae’s 2010 suspense novel “Yakou Kanransha” (“Ferris wheel at night”) is being adapted as a television drama series next season, starring actress Suzuki Kyoka. Minato is perhaps best known for writing the original novel behind the award-winning 2010 movie “Kokuhaku,” though several of her works have been adapted to television since then, including “Shokuzai” and “Kyogu.”
Suzuki plays the role of Endo Mayumi, a housewife who is driven to her mental and emotional limits due to her obsession with vanity, the collapse of her household, and harassment from her neighborhood. At the center of the story is a murder that occurs in an upscale residential area, and the Endos are one of three troubled families (along with the Kojimas and the Takahashis) depicted as the plot unfolds and the truth comes to light.
Having just moved into the neighborhood, it seems as if Mayumi’s dreams of a happy life have come true. However, her daughter fails to enter a prestigious private junior high school and turns to household violence, her husband begins avoiding coming home, and the people around her begin bullying her, all while she also has to worry about repaying the loan for her home. Her neighbors, the Takahashis, seem like an elite and happy family, until one day when Mr. Takahashi is murdered.
The screenplay is written by Okudera Satoko, whose past works include award-winning live-action films like “Youkame no Semi” and animated films like “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo,” and most recently “Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki.”
Suzuki’s supporting cast has not yet been revealed. TBS has scheduled the drama for Friday nights at 10:00pm, starting in January 2013.