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Overview

Ikebukuro West Gate Park was a wildly popular, highly influential Japanese television drama by screenwriter Kankuro Kudo, based on a novel by Ira Ishida, that initially aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System during the summer of 2000, and directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. The success of the television series would launch a manga adaptation the following year. In a break from traditional Japanese programming, the series used edgy graphics and scene breaks to highlight a story involving themes drawn from the underbelly of modern Japanese society: hip-hop youth gang warfare, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, drug abuse, the Yakuza, rape and murder.

Notable among the cast are Tokio lead singer Tomoya Nagase, film star Ken Watanabe, and future stars Koyuki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, and Tomohisa Yamashita of Johnny's Jimusho idol group NEWS. The series is also credited for bringing up the profile of actor Yosuke Kubozuka.

Series Cast

  1. Tomoya Nagase

    Tomoya Nagase

    Makoto Majima

    11 Episodes

  2. Ai Kato

    Ai Kato

    Hikaru

    11 Episodes

  3. Yosuke Kubozuka

    Yosuke Kubozuka

    Takashi (King of G-Boys)

    11 Episodes

  4. Ken Watanabe

    Ken Watanabe

    Yokoyama

    11 Episodes

  5. Tomohisa Yamashita

    Tomohisa Yamashita

    Shun

    11 Episodes

  6. Koyuki

    Koyuki

    Kana Matsui

    11 Episodes

  7. Kitaro

    Yoshioka

    11 Episodes

  8. Sadao Abe

    Sadao Abe

    Hamaguchi

    11 Episodes

  9. Satoshi Tsumabuki

    Satoshi Tsumabuki

    Fujio Saitou

    11 Episodes

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Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Iwgp season 1

2000 | 11 Episodes

Season 1 of Ikebukuro West Gate Park premiered on April 3, 2000.

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Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Facts

Original Name 池袋ウエストゲートパーク

Status Ended

Network

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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese

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