Monday, April 26, 2010

Japanese TV Drama Filming in Seattle

"A major film is being made in Seattle, but you'll probably never see it. It's a 10-hour movie that will be shown only in Japan." That's how a KING 5 news story of April 24 began. The reporter interviewed Densho executive director Tom Ikeda about a Japanese production crew filming scenes in Seattle before moving on to Eastern Washington. Filming is also taking place in Japan and Idaho.

The final product won't in fact be a 10-hour movie, but rather a 5-part mini-series called "Japanese Americans" to be broadcast on Japanese TV. The producers consulted with Densho about the script, which focuses on multiple generations of a Japanese American family that settles in Seattle and is incarcerated at Manzanar, California, during World War II. The mini-series will air in fall 2010, and Densho will launch a companion Japanese-language website with historical references, thanks to funding from the United States-Japan Foundation.

We've been told that 10 to 20 million Japanese viewers will see the mini-series, something that pleases Tom Ikeda, who says, "It's a clear signal that the Japanese are becoming more interested in Japanese Americans." Densho looks forward to more international communication and collaboration.

8 comments:

mary said...

Will this be available to see on Densho after it appears in Japan? Other dramas seen on Japanese TV or movies are available on various websites like with English subtitles. I would be very interested to see this.

Patricia said...

Hi Mary,

As of now we don't know of any plans to translate the mini-series. Perhaps after it airs in the fall, we can look the possibility.

Eileen said...

Do you know how long they will be filming in Seattle? I am a huge fan of Kusanagi-san and SMAP (I will be traveling to Japan in September to see them perform at Tokyo Dome), and would love the opportunity to see him filming up close and personal, so any information on the filming whereabouts is much appreciated. My parents met in Minidoka, so this series has significant meaning to me. Thank you for assisting the cast and crew in this important project.

Patricia said...

Hello Eileen,

I believe the cast has finished filming in Seattle and is on their way back to finish filming in Idaho. Enjoy your trip to Japan!

Eileen said...

Oh darn, just my luck! Thank you for your quick response. :-)

Anson said...

Dear Elieen ... Have U seen Kusanagi-San's Drama - Ninkyo Helper ? He acted so Great ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHlVS9f-uFU

Eileen said...

Hi, Anson ... Ninkyo Helper was great, although the ending fight scene was kind of hokey. Kusanagi-san as a yakuza was such a stretch for him - I didn't think he could pull it off. But he was so-o-o-o kakkoii in this! :-)

Eileen said...

I heard that this TBS mini-series will be shown in Seattle and Los Angeles in January, English-subbed. Any word on this, and if it will be open to the public? Would love to be able to attend. Thank you for any information you may have.