The drama “Ichiban Sukina Hana (The Most Beautiful Flower)” exceeds the legendary conversation drama “Quartet”. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The drama “Ichiban Sukina Hana (The Most Beautiful Flower)” exceeds the legendary conversation drama “Quartet”.

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Mio Imada is currently starring in “Ichiban Sukina Hana (The Most Beautiful Flower)”. It is a gem of a “conversation play” with Kohei Matsushita, Mikako Tabe, and others…

Mikako Tabe, Kohei Matsushita, Mio Imada, and Kamio Fūju star in “Quattro” in the Thursday drama “Ichiban Sukina Hana” (Fuji TV). The drama is a conversational drama in which four men and women of different genders, ages, and circumstances play a concerto in the “club room that smells like flowers” where Tsubaki (Kohei Matsushita) lives, triggered by “forgotten things” and “traumatic events.

Producer Ken Murase and screenwriter Miku Ubukata, who worked on “silent” (Fuji TV), aired last October and became a social phenomenon. Silent” has surpassed the all-time record for the most missed broadcasts.

It became one of the most popular dramas of last year, winning six awards in the “Tokyo Drama Award 2023″ announced on October 24. One year has passed since then, and the conversational drama between the four actors and the many great lines they deliver are already attracting attention,” said a wide range of people involved with the drama show.

In the third episode aired on October 26, Junkoi (Asami Usuda), the former fiancée of the four, arrives at Tsubaki’s house where they are gathered and reveals the real reason for their breakup.

Tsubaki: “We liked each other, but it wasn’t mutual love.

Junkoi: “Ryōyū shi means “both love each other”.

Tsubaki: “Ryōyū means “both love”, but “both love” doesn’t always mean “both love”.”

What a meaningful comment. It must have struck a chord with some of the viewers.

He also talked about how he felt after everyone had left Tsubaki’s house,

Tsubaki said, “It’s when I realize that I’m not alone that I feel okay.

Tsubaki again mumbles a quaint comment, “The time when you feel okay on your own is when you realize you are not alone. This is the best part of the conversational drama.

Am I the only one who is reminded of the drama “Quartet” (TBS) with its many heart-wrenching lines?

Quartet,” which aired in 2005, is an adult love suspense in which four men and women, Takako Matsu, Hikari Mitsushima, Issei Takahashi, and Ryuhei Matsuda, who dream of making a living through music, form a quartet and start living together in Karuizawa. The brilliant conversational drama by screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto has won numerous drama awards. It is considered one of the milestones of conversational drama.

Yuji Sakamoto took a certain determination in writing this work.

He said, “This is a fluffy story about ‘funny people living in a villa in Karuizawa, playing musical instruments. Later, the story of Maki’s (Matsu) husband’s disappearance and elements of suspense are added, but it is no exaggeration to say that Mr. Sakamoto’s strong will to add nothing but conversational drama gave birth to that stylish exchange of famous lines” (producer, production company).

The first episode of “Quartet,” a conversational drama that defied common sense, featured the “fried lemon” debate, in which the actors fought over whether to put lemon on fried chicken or not. Since the shocking first episode, each episode has had a famous line that has grabbed the viewers’ hearts and minds.

The first line was, “If you’ve ever eaten a meal while crying, you’ll live.

I always love you so much that I forget that I love you.

I’m not fair, and Beppu (Matsuda) is not fair either. But on a cold morning, I ate Sapporo Ichiban on the balcony and it was delicious. That should be the climax of our relationship.

If you make it black and white, it will turn inside out, just like Othello. I love, love, love, love, love, love to kill you.

We, the viewers, were often able to witness the moment when these “beads of words” were born and fell. It was truly a drama of bliss. We can only bow down in admiration to the production team that put this project together.

On the other hand, Miku Ikata, who wrote the script for “Ichiban Sukina Hana” is also a Yuji Sakamoto child, having repeatedly seen Sakamoto’s “Woman” and “A Restaurant with Problems. Ichiban suki na hana” is both a tribute to “Quartet” and an ambitious work that challenges “Quartet.

In the flowerbed of Tsubaki’s house, an engagement ring is buried and an ice cream stick with the word “Oksama” written on it stands alone. Yukue (Tabe), Yoru (Imada), and Momiji (Kamio) join their hands together every time they visit the house, so when Jun’ai suddenly comes to visit in episode 3, they can’t help but join their hands together.

This scene, too, is cousinly. He also says, “I can be everyone’s good person, but I can’t be someone one person loves the most,” “There are many things I shouldn’t say, but there is nothing I shouldn’t think,” and “Two people are crueler than one. There are many things you shouldn’t say, but there’s nothing you can’t think. How will the theme of this work, “Can friendship be established between a man and a woman? I am curious to see how they will portray the theme of the show, “Is friendship possible between a man and a woman?

Will this production end up being an homage to “Quartet”? Or will it be an ambitious work that challenges “Quartet”? We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

  • Text Ukon Shima (Broadcaster, Video Producer)

    He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). He has also published the e-book series "Ibun chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).

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