Nojima Shinji

Shinji Nojima

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  • First Name: Shinji
  • Family Name: Nojima
  • Native name: 野島伸司
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 4, 1965
  • Age: 54

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Shinji Nojima

Nojima Shinji

  • Name: Nojima Shinji
  • Native name: 野島伸司
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 4, 1965
  • Age: 54
When the bubble economy was really making its presence felt, Nojima was going quietly out of his head in Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Honshu. Born in 1965, he dropped out of college before graduating, and the first job he managed to get was at a can manufacturing plant. It was this experience that made him, in desperation, enter a TV scriptwriting contest sponsored by Fuji TV.

"I had to find my way of establishing my own identity," he admitted candidly in a recent interview. "If it hadn' been scriptwriting, it might well be something else."

He moved to Tokyo and got a part-time job in a restaurant, while he worked during the day on a secondhand word processor. The script that won the competition became Kimi ga Uso wo Tsuita (You Lied), and was screened in 1988. This wasn't the end of his problems, however; having no formal training, he had to teach himself how to write, frequently ending up with unworkable scripts.

Nevertheless, Nojima managed to get one serial on the air every year, and scored his first huge hit in 1991 with Hyakuikkaime no Puropozu (101 Proposals), the story of a bumbling salaryman who just wouldn't give up on the girl he loved.

As the bubble deflated and early '90s Japan began to turn sour, Nojima took a risk and injected some social comment into his work. The result, TBS' Kou Kou Kyoushi (High School Teacher) in 1993, aroused a storm of controversy and eerily foreshadowed the problems of teenage violence that concern the Japanese authorities today. Also in 1993, Fuji TV screened his Hitotsu Yane no Shita (Under the Same Roof), a more positive look at modern family life, also including his first part written for a non-Japanese actor. This serial proved his biggest ratings success to date.

Nojima has continued to write stylish, love-centered dramas for Fuji TV while working on more substantial serials for TBS. Earlier this year he tackled the treatment of mentally handicapped patients in Seija no Koushin (When The Saints Go Marching In), a show sadly marred by histrionic over-acting. Recently finished is Seikimatsu no Uta (The Last Song), his debut on NTV, which marked another departure in style. It takes a whimsical approach to the past and future dreams of two bewildered elderly men, and is a sign of the direction Nojima wishes to explore in future stories. "Customs and fashions change," Nojima himself commented, "but the essence of human nature does not." - DramaWiki
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
2018 Takane no Hana
Drama
7.8
2018 Kareshi wo Ron de Kaimashita
Drama
6.2
2018 Kiss Shitai Matsuge
Drama
0.0
2017 Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii
Drama
7.2
2017 Papakatsu
Drama
7.3
2016 Our House
Drama
7.7
2015 Oniichan, Gacha
Drama
7.5
2014 Platonic
Drama
7.6
2014 Ashita, Mama ga Inai
Drama
8.5
2013 49
Drama
7.6
2012 Shinikare
Drama
7.0
2012 Risou no Musuko
Drama
7.7
2010 GOLD
Drama
7.2
2009 Love Shuffle
Drama
8.1
2008 Bara no nai Hanaya
Drama
8.1
2005 Aikurushii
Drama
7.7
2004 Koinu no Waltz
Drama
6.2
2004 Pride
Drama
8.4
2003 Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003
Drama
7.2
2002 Golden Bowl
Drama
7.6
2001 Strawberry on the Shortcake
Drama
7.2
2000 Food Fight
Drama
6.8
1999 Utsukushii Hito
Drama
7.6
1999 Lipstick
Drama
7.9
1998 Seikimatsu no Uta
Drama
6.0
1998 Seija No Koushin
Drama
7.9
1997 Under One Roof 2
Drama
8.0
1995 Miseinen
Drama
7.5
1994 Ningen Shikkaku
Drama
8.7
1994 Kono yo no Hate
Drama
7.9
1993 Under One Roof
Drama
8.6
1993 Kou Kou Kyoushi
Drama
7.7
1992 Ai to iu Nano Moto ni
Drama
6.9
1991 101st Marriage Proposal
Drama
7.5
1990 Suteki na Kataomoi
Drama
6.5
1989 Aishiatteru Kai
Drama
6.5
1988 Kimi ga Uso wo Tsuita
Drama
7.3
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1999 Lipstick
Japanese Drama, 1999, 12 eps
Yoshioka Atsushi (Guest Role)
12
Yoshioka Atsushi
Guest Role
7.9
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