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Hotel on the Brink

Takanori Iwata will play his first lead role in commercial television drama series!!

New NTV Sunday drama "Gakeppuchi Hotel!"
is on air every Sunday from 22:30!!

Promo video of Episode 9 has been unveiled.
Golden week special project!
Making film × interview footage have been unveiled!!

A useless staff crew with all kinds of strange people! A low-end hotel on the edge of bankruptcy!
A mysterious customer who is more peculiar than anyone appears!?
He breaks the rules and common sense and starts a revolution!
It is a story of one hotel's "miracle".
"Welcome! Welcome to Gakeppuchi Hotel!"

There is a small hotel in the suburbs.
It used to be a classical luxury hotel boasting of its extravagant style, not generally known but loved by a select few.
......However, the time went by, and now the staff crew is filled with people who have no enthusiasm or capability and the hotel is on the edge of bankruptcy.
The staff members of this hotel are "strange" and useless!!
Today as well, there are only a few yawning staff members here and there in the lobby.
At that time, a young man walks in.
He is dressed casually and does not match the atmosphere of this classical hotel.
Hotel staff who have no passion for work but only pride turn their faces to this man with an expression of dislike.

Nobody knows yet...
This male visitor will turn this low-end hotel upside down.

As of April 2018, the total debt of this hotel hits 300 million yen!
The stage is set in a long-established hotel which has the worse service and becomes the hotbed of useless staff members who are all strange people!
The location and the business status of the hotel are at the precipice!
"There is nothing we can do about it......"
Here comes a TV drama with revolutionary spirit which blows away everyday routine!
It is a refreshing sitcom about a hotel
that is full of the "strange" characters.


The stage of this drama is set in a small hotel in the suburbs.
It used to be a classical luxury hotel boasting of its extravagant style, not generally known but loved by a select few......
However, as time goes by, it becomes a low-end hotel with a total debt of 300 million yen and is on the edge of bankruptcy!
Naoya Ukai played by Iwata is a casually dressed mysterious man who looks completely contradictory to the atmosphere of the hotel.
The story starts with this man walking into the hotel.
While the employees of the hotel show unpleasant faces because of his appearance, he starts to make demands that are unheard of one after another...
Who on earth is he!?
Meanwhile, Sana Sakurai played by Erika Toda is the 29-year-old general manager of the hotel.
She is serious, single-minded and carries all the hotel's debts. Though she is clumsy, she tries her best to reform the hotel.
Two people with contradictory personalities who should not meet will encounter. What will happen to this low-end hotel?!

  • ★Naoya Ukai (28) ~Mysterious Customer~: Takanori Iwata
    A customer who dresses very casually appears in a hotel which is on the edge of bankruptcy.
    The employees of the hotel show unpleasant faces because of his appearance. And if that is not bad enough, he starts to make demands that are unheard of one after another.
    Is he the kind of troublesome customer who runs away without paying money...... Though this has been suspected, Ukai has his own purpose......
    This man only acts on his own philosophy and seems indifferent to everything. No one knows what he is thinking.
    Because of that, everyone thinks he has no interest in other people. However, he is observing people around him very closely with his keen insight...
    Because of his appearance, customers never recognize that he is the deputy manager of this hotel. Thanks to that and his ability to read people, he is able to sense the unshown part of the customers.
    He speaks bluntly of what he thinks and often gets to the heart of the matter. However, it is hard to hate him.
    He likes to participate in prize competitions. Though he wins prizes which nobody wants at all, he still takes pride in it like a young boy.

    ★Sana Sakurai (29) ~General Manager~: Erika Toda
    Sana Sakurai is a lady who took office as the general manager of the hotel at a young age of 29 when her father Tsuyoshi passed away.
    The hotel's liabilities have come to 300 million yen since Tsuyoshi got sick and became confined to his bed.
    It is due to the poor operation and management of Sana's brother Tokujuro who acted as the general manager and whose whereabouts are now unknown.
    After her father's death, nobody wanted to save the hotel from bankruptcy. She was the only one who volunteered to be the general manager of the hotel and got the position in the end.
    Sana Sakurai is a serious and single-minded woman who lives her life in a straightforward and honest way.
    However, because of her straightforwardness, the "strange" hotel staff distanced themselves from her.
    She is also underestimated and despised because of her young age, thus she became a general manager with no authority over her employees.
    She appears to be capable and experienced when coping with customers and staff. But like many women of her age, she often complains as she manages the general manager's office alone......

  • This is my first lead role in a TV drama series, so I was a little nervous at first, but now I only feel the anticipation and excitement.
    It was one of my goals to play the lead role in a TV drama series and I am fully prepared and have a strong desire to take on this "challenge".
    It is an exciting drama with a surprising twist. The cast and staff members will work together to present an amazing work which will make your Sunday night more relaxing and give you the energy to work hard from Monday. I will do my best!


Takanori Iwata
Erika Toda
Minami Hamabe
Tomoya Nakamura
Chad Mullane
Daichi Saeki
Kosuke Suzuki
Mari Nishio
Daisuke Miyagawa
Ikkei Watanabe


Hideo Tsuchida
("Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me and Sometimes Dad", "Saito-san", "Saito-san 2", etc.)

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Theme Song

Frank Sinatra "Strangers In The Night"

~Takanori Iwata's comment~
When I first listened to the theme song of this drama, I thought to myself: I see! I see!
That elegant and comfortable melody will draw you into the classical imagery of the drama and I thought that it goes very well with this drama set in a long-established hotel.
The beautiful melody and Frank Sinatra's singing voice in this old hit song will perfectly match the drama .