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Sunday, May 30, 2010


IKKO's professionalism; Hidehiko Ishizuka returns to `Doyo Wide Gekijo'; CM of the week: Kincho

The theme of the profile series "Kokoro no Idenshi" (Genes of the Heart; NHK-G, Mon., 10 p.m.) is the "development of professionalism." This week's subject is TV personality IKKO, whose main appeal is his flamboyant feminine behavior and appearance. This being NHK, the focus is on his career as a hair and makeup artist who made his mark preparing models for TV appearances and photo spreads.

IKKO discusses his long apprenticeship, which took place at a beauty salon under the watchful gaze of his mentor's wife. While his mentor taught him the tricks of the trade, his wife taught him manners and the proper way to express himself. IKKO says she was a very strict taskmaster, but the things she taught him helped him overcome many of the obstacles that might have otherwise prevented him from achieving his goals.

The portly comedian Hidehiko Ishizuka of the duo Honjamaka made a splash last year when he appeared as mystery writer Yasuo Uchida's iconic Inspector Fukuhara in a drama. This Saturday he returns for an encore on "Doyo Wide Gekijo" (Saturday Wide Theater; TV Asahi, 9 p.m.).

The dramatization takes advantage of Ishizuka's fondness for eating, which was exploited fully on the long-running travel show "Ganso Debuya" (Original Fatties), by having the super-sharp police detective take frequent detours from the mystery in order to show off his knowledge of good food.

In this two-hour special, Fukuhara is visiting at the home of the chief of the Okutama Police Station when they receive news that a man and a woman have been found dead in a campground parking lot. The first police on the scene find traces of poison in the car with the bodies, thus indicating that it might be a double suicide. The couple were also found hand-in-hand. However, when Fukuhara shows up, he finds something else that makes him think differently.

CM of the week

Kincho: The insect spray Kincho is famous for silly ads. The latest features two famous ippatsuya (one-hit wonders, i.e., washed-up show biz personalities). Nezumi Sempai, who dresses like a yakuza, had one enka hit two years ago. Dandy Sakano, who wears bright yellow suits, is a comedian whose act consists of yelling the word "Gets!"

Nezumi and Dandy stand in a dimly lit room. Nezumi says that "one spray" (ippatsu) of Kincho's new product kills mosquitoes all day. Dandy says, "Only one spray?" Nezumi points at the camera and says, "Don't you want to be an ippatsuya, too?" Ippatsuya in this case meaning either "one-spray person" or "one-hit wonder." Dandy expresses doubt and Nezumi replies that it's better than being a "misfire," or, in effect, a "no-hit wonder."

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