Gokusen

Gokusen (ごくせん) is a Japanese Drama based on the manga of the same title by Morimoto Kozueko. It was aired in NTV Japan last April 17, 2002 and ran for 12 episodes ending July 03, 2002. A graduation special came out with the same cast last March 2003. A second season was release last 2005 with Yamaguchi and a few key characters reprising their roles but with a different school and thus a different class. The manga is still being serialized in YOU magazine on a bi-monthly basis and also spawned an anime in 2004.

Gokusen features the 23-year old Yamaguchi Kumiko, nicknamed Yankumi, and her dream of being an inspirational and motivational teacher. But unknown to her fellow teachers and to her students, she is also the granddaughter of the leader and the heir to the Oeda Ikka, an underground and feared yakuza group. In order keep her post as a teacher, she should then hide the fact that she has connections to the yakuza and in the same time should be able to handle her own class of delinquents, class 3-D.

Cast

Nakama Yukie as Yamaguchi Kumiko

Matsumoto Jun as Sawada Shin
Oguri Shun as Uchiyama Haruhiko (Uchi)
Narimiya Hiroki as Noda Takeshi
Waki Tomohiro as Kumai Teruo (Kuma)
Ishigaki Yuma as Minami Youichi

Tayama Ryosei as Shirakawa Gonzou
Namase Katsuhisa as Sawatari Gorou
Itoh Misaki as Fujiyama Shizuka
Nakazawa Yuko as Kawashima Kikuno
Kohmoto Masahiro as Iwamoto Kouhei
Ookuma Ichirou as Oyama Hajime
Saito Satoru as Washio Kanji
Nabe Osami as Andou Osamu

Utsui Ken as Kuroda Ryuichiro
Kaneko Ken as Asakura Tetsu
Uchiyama Shinji as Tatsukawa Minoru
Anan Kenji as Wakamatsu Kouzou

Sawamura Ikki as Shinohara Tomoya
Sakata Tadashi as Kashiwagi Yutaka

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