NHK is collaborating with Myanmar National TV (MNTV) to broadcast two hit Japanese dramas, Atsuhime and Carnation. The deal will also mark the first time for then military-governed country to air Japanese dramas, commonly referred as J-Dramas. Both are based in the lives of two notable women in Japan’s history.
Atsuhime, which literally means “Princess Atsu,” is a 50-episode drama based on Tenshou-in Atsuhime, a novel by Tomiko Miyao. It tells of the story of then-called Satsuma, who later became the wife of Iesada Tokugawa. Miyazaki Aoi played the role of Satsuma/Atsuhime and won Best Actress at the 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and 59th Television Drama Academy Awards, as well as the Best Period Drama and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1st Tokyo Drama Awards. The drama ran from January to December of 2008 on NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting network. While playing in Myanmar, the show will run on a weekly night time slot.
As for Carnation, the drama is about Ohara Itoko, based on fashion designer Ayako Koshino, and how she raised her three daughters all by herself. The drama has 151 episodes and will be aired in Myanmar for six days a week after MNTV’s 7PM news program. Running from September 2011 to March 2012 in Japan, the drama enjoyed decent viewer ratings. Machiko Ono played the role of Ohara Itoko, for which she won Best Actress at the 72nd Television Drama Academy Awards. Carnation also won the Best Drama award. Japan’s national broadcasting network aims to promote Japanese culture overseas through Atsuhime and Carnation, which will both air starting in July.
[via TBI Vision]