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|Hana no Ran|
|Written by||Shinichi Ichikawa|
|Starring|| Yoshiko Mita |
Ichikawa Danjūrō XII
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII
Matsumoto Kōshirō IX
|Narrated by||Yoshiko Mita|
|Theme music composer||Naoto Ōtomo|
|Opening theme||NHK Symphony Orchestra|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||37|
|Running time||37 x 45 minutes|
|Original release||3 April –|
11 December 1994
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.
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