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Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

CHANNEL SURF

All-star drama; A male concubine; CM of the week: Wacoal

Nonsatellite TV drama series tend to have the exact same look and sound, regardless of what they're about. That may finally change with the broadcast of "Going My Home" (Fuji TV, Tuesday, 9 p.m.). Written and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, the series looks and sounds like a movie, and may inspire more movie directors to think about working for the small screen.

Hiroshi Abe stars as Yoshita, a timid salaryman who always tries to avoid any sort of conflict, whether at home or work. Allergic to involvement and responsibility, he has carved out a comfortable niche in life; that is, until his father falls ill and he is forced to return to his hometown. The all-star cast includes Tomoko Yamaguchi, Aoi Miyazaki and Toshiyuki Nishida.

The "Ooku" series, which dramatizes the political and sexual intrigues of the titular chambers where the shogun's concubines dwelled during the Edo Period (1603-1867), has been a ratings and box-office hog since the first one aired in 2003. The newest multipart saga is called "Ooku Tanjo" ("Ooku Birth"; TBS, Friday, 10 p.m.), which plays with history by reversing gender roles.

During the reign of the third shogun, a plague hits the capital, killing off most of the young men. Meanwhile, Arikoto (Masato Sakai), the third son of a noble family in the hinterlands, has decided to become the head priest of a local temple and travels to Edo to pay his respects to the shogun. However, he is drafted as a male consort for the female shogun (Mikako Tabe) and is installed in the Ooku. Sakai plays the same part in a movie version that comes out in December.

CM of the week

Wacoal: Though it's difficult to be delicate about such things, the woman brushing her teeth in her underwear in the new ad for lingerie maker Wacoal's "easy-to-wear, minus-five-years panties" doesn't look too bad despite her obvious concern with the flatness of her derriere. No problem. The girdle-like undergarment being promoted, which is worn over a lady's regular pair of panties, elevates the hips and in doing so presumably takes five years off the wearer's appearance. Since the woman in the ad doesn't look a day over 25, some viewers may conclude that Wacoal is making too easy a claim.



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