Atsu Hime

Atsu Hime (2008)

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The 47th NHK Taiga Drama is a life story of Atsuhime who was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, then called Satsuma, and became the wife of Tokugawa Iesada, the 13th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. She accedes to the highest rank in Ooku, the inner palace of the Edo castle where women related to the reigning shogun resided. Iesada dies soon after their marriage and Atsuhime assumes the name Tenshoin at the age read moreof 23. She exerts herself for the Tokugawa clan and for the nation during the upheaval in the Meiji Restoration, headed by those from Satsuma. In 1835, Shimazu Tadatake, head of the Imaizumi-Shimazu family of Satsuma clan, and Oyuki are blessed with a long-awaited daughter, Okatsu, who later becomes Atsuhime. She grows up as a tomboy, full of wonders, yet warm-hearted. Meanwhile, as Satsuma clan is under going financial reform, headed by chief retainer Zusho, Tadatake is punished for being lenient with farmers. Okatsu, unable to absorb why her father is punished, charges over to Zusho.

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    Atsu-hime ; Atsuhime; Princess Atsu

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May 14, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is one of those stories of strong and witty women who rise to power or accomplish great things despite their handicap of being women in a highly patriarchal society (like Dae Jang Geum in a way).

Atsu-hime's evolution is believable and beautiful to watch. The story is authentic and gives you a glimpse of a closed world and how it changed after the Meiji restoration.

I highly recommend this drama to read more anybody who wants to see a beautiful story that is both historically accurate and understandable for the modern viewer.

The acting was stellar, believable and stirring all kinds of emotions. The music was epic, as much as the story was personal and without much of those epic scenes with wars and surreal martial arts.

I don't think I can rewatch it as a whole, but there are certain scenes that I would happily rewatch!
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It also revolves around the shogunate. It's more detailed about what was going on in Japan politically at the time but it also gives you a breathtaking peek into life in the Shogun's harem.
Recommended by nkb
Both are Taiga dramas that focus on the life of a prominent female in the Shogunate - who both have extremely strong and straightforward personalities.
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    Jan 6, 2008 to Dec 14, 2008
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    45 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 176 users)
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