Fuyuhiko data wanted

Aaron Gerow gerow at ynu.ac.jp
Sun Aug 12 22:20:48 EDT 2001

>in a newspaper published in 1993, I read something about a serie TV starring 
>Fuyuhiko (I don't know if it is the name of the character in the serie or of 
>the actor) presented as the Japanese Woody Allen. Could someone tell me more 
>about that? I am also interested in the fact that this character has no 
>relations and seems to be a good example of the sexless phenomenon.

I assume you are talking about the TV drama _Zutto anata ga suki datta_ 
which was broadcast from July to September in 1992 on TBS.  The story, 
scripted by popular scenarist Kimizuka Ryoichi, was about an OL (Kaku 
Chikako) who pursues an arranged marriage with a man called Fuyuhiko 
(played by the actor Sano Shiro, known for his peculiar parts). What 
becomes apparent over the course of the series is that Fuyuhiko has an 
abnormal "mother complex" (mazakon in Japanese) with his mother (Nogiwa 
Yoko).  I've never thought of Fuyuhiko as a Woody Allen-like character, 
and his personality became famous more for being mazakon than for being 
sexless, but I assume this is the drama you speak of.  The series was 
such a success that a "sequel" was made in 1993 called _Dare ni mo 
ienai_.  The Sano/Nogiwa/TBS combination became successful enough that 
the two have appeared in a TBS drama about once a year since then.

Aaron Gerow
Yokohama National University
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