TV Tokyo has revealed details about its next New Year’s historical drama special, known as the “Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki.” For 2012, the drama has been tentatively titled “Chushingura ~Sono Gi Sono Ai~” and will star actor Uchino Masaaki (42) as Horibe Yasubei, a master swordsman who was one of the Forty-seven Ronin.
For this drama, Uchino will star opposite Tachi Hiroshi (61), who will play the part of Oishi Kuranosuke, the leader of the Forty-seven Ronin. The story will focus on the conflict between Horibe and Oishi, despite them later working together to avenge their master.
TV Tokyo has been airing a “Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki” every year since 1979, though it has gradually decreased from a length of 12 hours to its current length of 7 hours. This will be the 5th time that the drama will involve the Chushingura story, though it will be the first one with Horibe as the central character.
“Chushingura ~Sono Gi Sono Ai~” is scheduled for broadcast on January 2, 2012.