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Dragon Zakura School Manga Gets Korean Drama Next Year

posted on 2009-11-18 18:30 EST
Story of ex-biker-turned-teacher already spawned 2 Japanese TV drama series

This year's 51st issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine has revealed on Thursday that Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura school manga is being adapted into a television drama in Korea. The drama will premiere in January.

In the original Kodansha Manga Award-winning manga, an ex-biker gang member and lawyer named Kenji Sakuragi restarts his life as a teacher at a rough high school. He inspires a class to apply for Tokyo University — the most prestigious university in Japan. The manga ran in Weekly Morning from 2003 to 2007, and the 21 compiled book volumes have sold about 6 million copies.

Hiroshi Abe (Sanctuary, Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken, Trick) and Kyōko Hasegawa already starred in a live-action Japanese television drama version in 2005. This January, Hasegawa will reprise her Dragon Zakura role in a loose sequel called Angel Bank Tenshoku Dairinin (Angel Bank, Occupational Change Agent). This new Japanese drama is an adaptation of Mita's Angel Bank: Dragon Zakura Gaiden manga about an English teacher who becomes an advisor for other people changing their careers.

The Korean drama version has a Japanese title, Ochikobore, S Daigaku e Iku, although the cast and airing schedule in Japan have yet to be announced.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun


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