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Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Naomi Kawashima in the spotlight; drama on postwar paramedics; CM of the week: Saran Wrap
The biography series "Megami no Kiseki" ("Traces of the Goddess"; TV Tokyo, Tues., 7:54 p.m.) profiles women who talk intimately about their lives. This week's subject is actress Naomi Kawashima, who has maintained a career by successfully stage-managing her image.
Kawashima was the most popular figure in the joshidaisei idoru (women university- student starlet) boom of the 1980s, through which she made her name as a radio DJ. She eventually turned to acting and rebuilt her image as a sex bomb in the hit movie "Shitsurakuen." Next, she was a certified wine expert who helped kick-start the early 2000s wine-tasting fad, and most recently gained attention by marrying one of Japan's most illustrious pastry chefs.
Kawashima will reveal how any woman can become the wife of a rich man and lay to rest some rumors that have dogged her over the years.
After World War II, when it was controlled by the United States, Okinawa suffered from a severe shortage of doctors. Only 64 physicians survived the war, and since there was no connection to the rest of Japan, there was no way to replenish the supply with native speakers.
The military authorities certified former medics in the Imperial Army as ikaiho , paramedics who could perform most of the services doctors provided except for treating certain severe illnesses and dispensing antibiotics. Though they were vital members of the community, the ikaiho were often looked down upon by other Okinawans, who referred to them as nise isha (fake doctors).
The drama "Nise Isha to Yobarete" ("Being Called a Fake Doctor"; Nihon TV, Thurs., 9 p.m.) stars Masato Sakai as an ikaiho named Miyamae. In 1959, he treats a young woman who says she was raped by an American soldier. The woman is married and pregnant, but doesn't know if the baby is her husband's or her rapist's. Shinobu Terajima costars as Miyamae's wife.
CM of the week
Saran Wrap In commercials for the cellophane film Saran Wrap, Asahi Chemical uses Junichi Okada to "play" an anthropomorphized representation of its product. Wearing a T-shirt, he walks around embracing other individuals in T-shirts with words such as "ham" and "stir-fry vegetables" printed on them.
The latest takes more viewings to understand. Again we see T-shirted individuals, but now they are engaged in scissor-paper-stone competitions. The losers all have the word " hanbun " ("half") written on their shirts. Okada comforts them, and in the end, he and the hanbun crew are slapping each other's backs with renewed confidence. Then we see Okada wrapping a half-melon in cellophane. The point? Saran Wrap helps keep leftovers tasting as good as if they were fresh.