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Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006

CHANNEL SURF

Fuji TV presents Yoshi's romances in the series "Angels With Broken Wings" and more

Anovelist who simply goes by the name of Yoshi has sold more than 2.7 million volumes in his "Deep Love" series of Harlequin-like romances. This week, Fuji TV will present four 45-minute Yoshi-penned dramas on the same days that they are published in book form.

The series, entitled "Angels With Broken Wings," will run for four consecutive nights at 11 p.m., and each drama will feature a popular young actress.

On Monday night, Aya Ueto stars in "Celeb" as a girl from a poor family who leaves her hometown after high-school graduation to seek her fortune in Tokyo, where she finds a job as a receptionist at a courier company.

Maki Horikata plays 18-year-old Yuna in the Tuesday night installment, "Live Chat." Yuna gets paid to have instant-message conversations with lovelorn men over the Internet. She's good at the simulated romance game, but has no desire to meet any of her interlocutors.

In "Actress," on Wednesday, Nao (Yu Yamada) wants to break into show business, but she keeps failing auditions, thus forcing her to earn money as a hostess. Juri Ueno rounds out the series on Thursday in "Slot" as a young orphan who spends her days playing pachinko.


Another orphan is the protagonist of "Ikitete mo ii? (Can I Stay Alive?)" (Fuji TV, Friday, 9 p.m.). Ryoko Hirosue is Maki, a television makeup artist who lost her parents when she was very young.

Maki grew up in an orphanage, but as a teen was taken in by foster parents.

Her foster mother, Chikako (Yuki Matsushita), was a hard disciplinarian, and though Maki resented her cold, practical attitude, she never spoke back, believing that she must be grateful for her foster parents' charity.

However, she vents her frustrations candidly in her diary. Later, as an adult, she uses the diary to recall what she went through.


On March 5 at 10 p.m., NHK's BS-1 channel will air Hubert Sauper's documentary "Darwin's Nightmare," which has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film is a dense and detailed look at the Nile Perch, a species of fish that was introduced to Tanzania's Lake Victoria sometime in the 1950s and which has since eaten all the other species of fish in the lake.

Using this "survival of the fittest" theme as a metaphor, Sauper studies the situation of the people who make their living from the lake.

The perch are caught and processed locally and then shipped to Europe and Asia.

Russian planes that bring the frozen fish to Europe reportedly return filled with guns that are sold throughout Africa.

Meanwhile, HIV is rampant because prostitution is the only work open to women and condom use is discouraged.



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