The Vulture

Synopsis
When Japan's economy goes from boom to bust in the early '90s, foreign-based investment funds swoop in like vultures, buying up companies at bargain-basement prices. Masahiko Washizu is one of an advance guard of fund managers doing just that. Meanwhile Tateo Shibano, Washizu's ex-colleague at a local bank, is now in the business of helping companies turn their fortunes around. While Washizu wants to tear apart old businesses to rebuild them, Shibano tries to fix the works from within, saving as many employees from the axe as possible. Devil or deliverer? Two men with diametrically opposed beliefs clash head-on in a fierce battle of wills and pride.
Starring:
Nao OMORI as Masahiko WASHIZU
Kyohei SHIBATA as Takeo SHIBANO
Chiaki KURIYAMA as Yuka MISHIMA
Ryuhei MATSUDA as Osamu NISHINO
Award
Television Drama / Drama Serials
--2007 Prix Italia