Japanese TV ‘Elpis’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Japan is still waiting Squid game.

Despite having more than twice the population and more than three times the wealth of its Asian neighbor South Korea, the Japanese television industry has yet to produce a high-end drama far beyond its borders. mine. While Japanese cinema continues to be admired — watch Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar success Drive my car – some small screen programs make it beyond the island.

Ayumi Sano, producer of local hits like My old lover and QuartetTalking to The Hollywood Reporter through an interpreter. “As a result: most Japanese shows are made with local audiences only.”



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To some extent, it’s Sano’s latest drama Elpis. The crime-investigation thriller takes on two very Japanese themes: the experiences of female reporters in male-dominated newsrooms in Japan and a series of real-life false-conviction scandals that have shaken the world. country. The plot, inspired by real events, follows Ena Asakawa (Masami Nagasawa), a television journalist investigating a national conspiracy involving police forced confessions to close cases. killing.

Sano said, “I wanted to show the Japanese audience the very real problem of forced confession, the dark side of our legal system, and also to show the audience female characters like this, who are started talking again. Hopefully this will empower Japanese women to do the same.”

Toko Miura, Ayumi Sano

From left: ‘Elpis’ star Toko Miura, producer Ayumi Sano


But the series, which premieres Monday, October 24 on Kansai TV in Japan, has global ambitions. By Nagasawa Elpis co-star is Drive my car Toko Miura’s breakthrough, and the series that had its world premiere at the MIPCOM international TV market last week, is the first Japanese show to do so.

Miura said: “It is an honor for us to be at Cannes. “I hope the show will attract the attention of audiences outside of Japan.”

“We have high quality dramas in Japan that are worth traveling for but now the attention [from Asia] Sano said. “Hopefully, we can change that.”


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