22 January 2002 | unmeiwa
A thoughtful drama with a beautiful song theme
The best summary for Oyaji is the song theme, "Sayonara daisukina hito," by hana*hana, which means "Farewell my beloved."
This is a drama about the very strong ties in a family of five: Oyaji (dad, old man), the father, who a doctor with a small private office; Okasan (mother), a loving housewife; their three growing children, Sayuri, the mature eldest daughter, who is a teacher; Suzu, the middle child, who is about to marry; and the son, Tadashi, whom Oyaji wants to take up the family practice.
The personal longings and desires of each family member conflict with the family unit, and each must decide if he/she is willing to bid farewell to the beloved family.
I really liked Ryoko Hirosue in this drama, and the rest of the supporting characters, but I have to say that Masakazu Tamura's role as Oyaji was the driving force behind it. Of course I can't reveal the conflicts that appear throughout the story, but I really felt for him, even though he is obstinate and a classic "oyaji." (But it was surprising how the beautiful Matsushima could be the aging mother; she's not much older than Sayuri!)
There are also some very funny parts in Oyaji, (it's not just a heavy drama); I thought Shin Yazawa as Sumika did a great imitation as the GAARU type, heavy makeup and all.