2007 NHK Taiga Drama
Director: Kazuhiko Shimizu
STARRING: Uchino Masaaki, Ichikawa Kamejiro, Nakadai Tatsuya, Sonny Chiba, Gackt, Ogata ken, Shibamoto Yuki
NHK's samurai 46th Taiga drama for 2007 is "Furin Kazan". The Story deals with the Sengoku period. Based on Yasushi Inoue's novel by the same title, it depicts the life of Yamamoto Kansuke who is known as one of Takeda Shingen's renowned strategists.
Furinkazan is about a lone warrior in search of a master. He sets himself on a path to become a great military strategist.
The four characters from left to right are wind, forest, fire, and mountain. The title is a reference to the war banner used by Takeda Shingen, which in turn was taken from Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
It means "Swift as the Wind, Silent as a Forest, Fierce as Fire and Immovable as a Mountain."
Episodes are followed by a video segment showing historical background and modern travelogue.
This TV series has a lot of action in it, and the first episode is an extra-long one.
TV Broadcast Quality
There are 50 episodes on 11 discs, packed in a small DVD cake box.
NTSC Region free. Full screen. Japanese with English subtitles.