This is the third time in recent years that one of Sada’s works has been adapted to television. In 2008, his novel Bizan was made into a drama starring Tokiwa Takako (after already being made into a movie with Matsushima Nanako). In 2009, his song Oyaji no Ichiban Nagai Hi also became a drama, starring Nagasawa Masami.
The original song Kakashi tells of a family whose daughter has left home to live far away in the city. For the drama, producers decided to model the characters after a family of udon makers from the Goto Islands, who were the subject of a documentary program that previously aired on Fuji TV.
Horikita plays the role of Saeki Chizuru, the second daughter of the family. After graduating from high school, she leaves the family’s home in the Goto Islands to pursue a career as a photographer in Tokyo. While working as an assistant, she ends up involved in some trouble, and after becoming tired of life in Tokyo she returns home after three years.
The parents of the family will be played by Matsudaira Ken and Fubuki Jun. Takaoka Sousuke and Nakamura Shuga will play Chizuru’s brothers, while Nakagoshi Noriko and Miyama Karen will play her sisters. Sada himself will make a guest appearance as the manager of a small bookshop.
Kakashi was filmed in early October last year. Fuji TV plans to broadcast the special sometime this March.