Salaryman Kintaro Manga to Get New TV Drama Series
posted on by Egan Loo
The combined 36/37th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine has announced on Thursday that Hiroshi Motomiya's Salaryman Kintaro workplace manga classic will be adapted as a new television drama series this October. Newcomer Masaru Nagai will play the title role of Kintaro Yajima, a retired biker gang leader whose wife passed away during childbirth. Kintaro vows to become a corporate cog to ensure his baby boy's well-being, but discovers his abrasive, uncompromising ways work surprisingly well in the straitlaced Japanese workplace.
The manga has been running on and off in Young Jump since 1994. Veteran actor Katsunori Takahashi played the role in a popular 1999 film directed by Takashi Miike, as well as in a four-season 1999-2004 television drama series. The manga was also adapted as a 2001 anime series that Arts Magic released in North America.
Kintaro represents a return to the public spotlight for Motomiya, who was forced to suspend his Kuni ga Moeru (The Country is Burning) historical manga in October of 2004 after he used a controversial photograph in a depiction of the Nanking Massacre. He gradually went back to work by restarting Salaryman Kintaro as a web manga in April of 2005. Young Jump picked up the revived manga from November of 2005 to October of 2006.