Hana no Ran

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Hana no Ran
Written byShinichi Ichikawa
Starring Yoshiko Mita
Ichikawa Danjūrō XII
Eiji Okuda
Masao Kusakari
Nomura Mansai
Takako Matsu
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII
Shirō Sano
Masahiro Matsuoka
Sachiko Kobayashi
Yoshie Taira
Toshiya Nagasawa
Isao Bitō
Hiroshi Katsuno
Hiroshi Fujioka
Isao Natsuyagi
Rino Katase
Fumi Dan
Kōji Yakusho
Matsumoto Kōshirō IX
Yorozuya Kinnosuke
Machiko Kyō
Narrated by Yoshiko Mita
Theme music composerNaoto Ōtomo
Opening theme NHK Symphony Orchestra
Composer Shigeaki Saegusa
Country of originJapan
Original language Japanese
No. of episodes37
Running time37 x 45 minutes
Original network NHK
Original release3 April (1994-04-03) 
11 December 1994 (1994-12-11)

Hana no Ran (花の乱) was the 33rd Taiga drama to be broadcast on the NHK network in Japan. It premiered on 3 April 1994 and its finale aired on 25 December of the same year. [1]



The story takes place during the Muromachi period of Japan, in the midst of the Ōnin War. The main character in the series is Hino Tomiko, a historical figure with a bad reputation because of her actions to rebuild Kyoto after the Ōnin War.


Hino and Ashikaga
Imperial Court


The series, which only managed a 14.1% audience share during its run, had the notorious reputation of being the lowest-rated Taiga drama series in the franchise's history until it was surpassed by Taira no Kiyomori in 2012. Many blame the dark premises, the mysteries surrounding Hino Tomiko's family history, confusing disputes between her and Ashikaga Yoshimasa, and befuddling love scenes as the reasons why the drama failed.

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