The Family Game (2013)
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The Family Game 2013
The Family Game ()
Also known asKazoku Game
Directed byYuichi Sato
Kazuyuki Iwata
StarringSho Sakurai
Ryunosuke Kamiki
Honami Suzuki
Seishuu Uragami
Itsuji Itao
Shiori Kutsuna
Ending themeEndless Game by Arashi
Country of originJapan
Original Japanese
No. of episodes10
Inada Hideki
Kobayashi Hiroshi
Running time46 Min
Original networkFuji TV
Original releaseApril 17 (2013-04-17) - June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19)

The Family Game (, Kazoku G?mu), also called as Kazoku Game, is a 2013 TV Japanese drama based on the award-winning novel "Kazoku Gemu" by Yohei Honma and adaptation of the popular Japanese film (The Family Game). The drama is directed by Yuichi Sato and Kazuyuki Iwata and it was broadcast in Fuji TV. It aired on April 13, 2013 until June 19, 2013.[1]

The drama was success and received awards after the drama was praised by the viewers.[2]


Kazushige Numata (Itsuji Itao) and his wife Kayoko (Honami Suzuki) have two sons. The first son Shinichi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) studies well, but the second son Shigeyuki (Seishuu Uragami) does not. Kazushige and Kayoko are worried about Shigeyuki, who might even fail to enter high school. Making things worse, Shigeyuki stays at home and don't go to school.

Kazushige and his wife Kayoko finds an Advertisement for a private tutor on the internet. They contact and then meet Yoshimoto (Sho Sakurai), who is the private tutor. During their meeting, both parties lays out one condition to work with each other. The father stipulates that Shigeyuki must go back to school within a week or Yoshimoto will be fired. Meanwhile, Yoshimoto stipulates that the parents must not interfere with his work. Yoshimoto's extraordinary teaching methods then influences not only Shigeyuki, but also his entire family.



In the table below, the blue number represent the lowest ratings and the red number represent the highest ratings.

Episode Original broadcast date Average audience share[3]
Kanto Region
1 April 17, 2013 12.0%
2 April 24, 2013 13.7%
3 May 1, 2013 11.1%
4 May 8, 2013 12.2%
5 May 15, 2013 12.4%
6 May 22, 2013 12.9%
7 May 29, 2013 13.6%
8 June 5, 2013 12.6%
9 June 12, 2013 12.4%
10 June 19, 2013 16.7%
Average 13.0%


The drama receives praise from critics. Philip Brasor from Japan Times compared the drama from the film adaptation. He said that "It exaggerates the elements that made the movie (The Family Game 2013) shocking. The characters aren't just deluded, they're twisted." Brasor praised Sakurai Sho character than Y?saku Matsuda in which he said that "Matsuda's tutor was an antisocial loser with a streak of cruelty. Sakurai's is a full-blown sociopath. Matsuda struck Shigeyuki just to get a rise out of him. Sakurai not only strikes Shigeyuki (Seishuu Uragami), he practically destroys the Numata home on a weekly basis, cackling all the while like the Wicked Witch of the West. Matsuda's power over the Numata household came from the force of his personality. Sakurai's power is of the purely calculating kind, as is the writing in general....Like Matsuda's tutor, Sakurai's uses gamesmanship instead of pedagogy to get results, but his methodology is more sadistic."[4]

Sakurai Sho's acting worked out very well in which made the fans found it to be "Too disturbing to watch". It's dubbed to be the "2013's Biggest Drama Surprise" by critics and gave Sakurai Sho a number of awards. [5]

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 17th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring)[6] Best Drama The Family Game Won
Best Actor Sho Sakurai Won
Best Supporting Actor Ryunosuke Kamiki Won
Best Suppoting Actress Honami Suzuki Won
77th Television Drama Academy Awards[7] Best Drama The Family Game Won
Best Actor Sho Sakurai Won
Best Supporting Actor Ryunosuke Kamiki Won
Best Supporting Actor Seishuu Uragami Nominated
Best Suppoting Actress Honami Suzuki Nominated
Best Screenwriter Muto Shogo Won
Best Director Yuichi Sato Won
Best Theme song Endless Game by Arashi Won
2014 23rd TV LIFE Annual Drama Awards[8] Best Drama The Family Game Won
Best Lead Actor Sakurai Sho Won
Best Supporting Actor Ryunosuke Kamiki Won
Best Suppoting Actress Honami Suzuki Won
Best Theme Song Endless Game by Arashi Won


  1. ^ "? ? ? CM?". Naver (in jp).
  2. ^ "". Fuji (in jp).
  3. ^ [1], Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  4. ^ Family drama is reimagined for today's Japan, Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  5. ^ Sakurai won numerous awards because of his role in 'Kazoku Game', Retrieved on 14 October 2017.
  6. ^ The 17th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Spring:2013, Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ 77th Television Drama Academy Awards, Retrieved on 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ Drama 'Kazoku Game' tops TV Life's '2013 Drama Awards', Retrieved on 13 October 2017.

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