"Massan” is based on the true story of Taketsuru Masataka and his Scottish wife Rita Cowen. Masataka is first Japanese person to produce whisky in Japan when he opened his own distillery in Hokkaido in 1934.
This drama has been a privilege to watch. From beginning to the end, you truly felt that you were involved with the lives of the Kameyama family. This drama is amazing because it covers almost 50 years of this family; a multiculteral family during a period when marrying outside your race and culture just didn't happen. You got to witness the bravery of Elle going to a foreign country with a passable read moreunderstanding of the language and morphing herself into a full-fledge Japanese woman. Catherine Kate Fox did a FANTASTIC job! I can already imagine how well she has been accepted in the entertainment community because she did such a wonderful job in portraying Elle. Tamayama Tetsuji was also sensational as a man driven to achieve his dreams of making Japanese Whiskey. The story itself makes you curious about the real people that this was based on. Even the times through World War II were realistic and definitely made you wonder how this woman AND her family maintained their strength through that turbulent time. So, the question is do I recommend it? Yes. If you are a lover of history, a great story and a beautiful romance between two people who beat the odds and stayed together until death do them part. My first Japanese TV Serial and it will not be my last! It was a labor of love to make and also a labor of time (and love) to watch!
It's not just a drama it's a Historical drama based on the true story about the couple in the 1930's which is around the time Japan wasn't to fond of foreigners. I'd give it a try it's actually a really touching story and the episodes aren't dreadfully long. Most Drama's with Caucasians are based on historical facts and a true story which is why they're mostly seen in Chinese historical films/dramas.
@aldermin I was really skeptical because usually the foreign actors are so bad but believe me when I say that her acting is so good! in fact most native Japanese said they watched show for this actress she really, REALLY acts very well and they have such good chemistry!
It was the first time for me to watch a morning Jdrama (Asadora) and it was an amazing and unforgettable experience. All the 150 episodes (only 15 minutes long) were very interesting and involving and the story covering Japanese history from 1919 to 1971 was a real adventure. I will have a high consideration of the whisky manufacturers from now on even if I have never drank it in my life and I admire the lead character (whose path was taken from a true life experience) for putting so much passion and enthusiasm in developing the very first Japanese whisky. Everything here was absolutely perfect starting from the script, on to the acting (Charlotte Kate Fox was excellent in her acting and speaking fluent Japanese) and the sceneries. Part of this was filmed in Hokkaido which allowed me to appreciate another really beautiful part of Japan. I very highly recommend this drama as it was for me a real masterpiece.
I've started watching it and like it very much so far. Especially the main female lead does a great job. I usually find foreigners acting in japanese movies hard to watch because of their often wooden performance, but she was natural and likeable.
Btw, if you like asadora you should try Asa ga kita. It's the drama that got me into asadora dramas.:D