From film to TV
mike at vena.com
Fri Jan 8 18:24:54 EST 1999
>A query for those of you with a background in TV:
>We've seen lots of examples in the 1990s of successful Japanese TV dramas
>being turned into films: _Koko kyoshi_, _Gimu to engi_, _Odori
>daisosasen_, etc. That, perhaps, is only to be expected given the
>comparative strength of the TV industry. But how many cases can people
>cite of the opposite: Japanese films being turned into Japanese TV
Well, to Mark Schilling's list I can add a few, such as "Onna ga Kaidan o
Agaru Toki" (1960 on film, 1970 on TV), "Yagyu Bugeichou" (series of
nine films from 1957, on TV in 1965), or "Ashi ni Sawatta Onna" (1952
on film, 1960 on TV). For a more complete list you could try the search
page of the TV Drama Database at www.qzc.co.jp/DRAMA (maybe
searching the kaisetsu field for the word 'eiga' ).
What I really find intriguing about Aaron's question is how rare examples
of Japanese television coming from Japanese film are. Off the top of my
head I can think of numerous examples of Japanese television adaptations
of works from radio, manga, and novels, but I had to do a little research
to come up with the movie examples above. Examples abound as well of
television largely "inspired by" American movies and television. This
seems unusual to someone used to the frequency with which American
television "borrows" from its cinema. I don't know why there is so little
Japanese television coming from its cinema, but I suspect the answer
might reveal a lot about modern Japanese cinema and its relationship to
Japanese society and its popular culture.
And a tip for anyone interested in television:
The TV Drama Database is by far the best Japanese TV drama resource
on the internet. Its home page is at www.asahi-net.or.jp/~RM1Y-FRSK
(in Japanese only).
Hope this is of some help.
mike at vena.com
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