Naoki Hanzawa (Masato Sakai) works as a loan manager at the Osaka Nishi branch of Tokyo Central Bank. One day, Naoki makes a loan contract for 500 million yen with Nishi Osaka Steel Company. Naoki didn’t want to approve the loan, but he had to due to the branch manager’s order. Nishi Osaka Steel Company seems financially stable, but the company actually hides massive amounts of debt through fraudulent accounts. The company is caught. Three months later, Nishi Osaka Steel Company goes bankrupt.
The bank’s branch manager is Asano. He is an ambitious man and tries to shift the blame to Naoki. Naoki then attends an inquiry about the loan failure at the bank’s headquarters in Tokyo. Naoki denies fault and promises to retrieve the 500 million yen loan. He did this because it’s the only way for Naoki to survive as a banker.
Based on two novels by Jun Ikeido: “Oretachi Bubble Nyukougumi” (published December, 2004 by Bungeishunju Ltd.) and “Oretachi Hana no Baburugumi” (published June 13, 2008 by Bungeishunju Ltd.).
Episode 6 was expanded by 25 additional minutes.
“Hanzawa Naoki” became the first drama series in Japan to surpass 30% ratings since 2011 NTV drama series “I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper”.
Episode 10’s viewership rating of 42.2% is the fourth highest ever recorded single episode rating for a Japanese drama series. Episode 10’s 42.2% rating trails only the final episode of 1983 TBS drama series “Tsumiki Kuzushi” with 45.3%, final 1972 TBS drama series “Mito Komon” with 43.7% and an episode from 1979 TBS drama series “Onnatachi no Chushingura” with 42.6%.