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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Mito Komon, Sayonara Reply with quote
Tonight (the 19th) will be the final episode of the long-running (since 1967) TV drama, Mito Komon,the archetype chanbara program known by everyone. There have been 5 actors portraying the old man over the decades. Mito Komon (Tokugawa Mitsukuni) was retired lord of Mito.The program typically ended with his servant displaying his medicine case (inrô) with the Tokugawa crest on it to prove his identity to the bad guys. The real inrô was on prominent display at the wonderful Dai-Tokugawa-Ten, though there was an explanation saying this was not for real use, and Mito Komon probably never carried it.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That's a crying shame. I always enjoyed that show when in Japan. They won every time. John
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Though Jidaigeki channel is the most popular cable channel.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Mito Komon Reply with quote
They will bring it back just like Hissatsu .

Right now demand for period drama's is at an all time low ,they are expensive to make and the audience ratings are far smaller than modern day drama's which have a lower production cost .
This New Year there is only one new period drama between all the networks not counting the first episode of the new Taiga Drama which starts on Jan 1st .This is pretty much unheard of in the history of Japanese Television .

Sadly that period drama is yet again Chushingura so that is not going to change the downward spiral .
All this according to The Japan Times which i liberally pillaged .
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here's what I read on 2ch.

Publically they said because of low viewer rating and high cost right?
There's another reason, the production company made the sponsor company angry.
The production C.A.L(http://www.cal-net.co.jp) was scamming Panasonic the sponsor and Panasonic found out 80% of the budget they paid became unexplained expenditure.
C.A.L is Dentsu related company.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
shikisoku wrote:
Here's what I read on 2ch.

Publically they said because of low viewer rating and high cost right?
There's another reason, the production company made the sponsor company angry.
The production C.A.L(http://www.cal-net.co.jp) was scamming Panasonic the sponsor and Panasonic found out 80% of the budget they paid became unexplained expenditure.
C.A.L is Dentsu related company.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Mito Komon Reply with quote
Wow ! ,while i do not think old Mitsukuni walking off into the sunset is such a bad thing and we all know he will come trotting back for a New Years Special in a couple of years ,it is more disturbing to look at the roster of New Years Television ,aside from an early start to Kiyomori and Chushingura it looks very bleak on the Jidai front .
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Last night on NHK "Closeup Gendai", which is a program discussing public affair issues, they talked about the sharp decline in jidai geki, represented by the end of Mito Komon. They said one major factor was that with more detailed viewer-rating statistics, it was discovered that the jidai geki viewers are more older people, who spend money carefully and so are less attractive to advertisers.
They said one effect of the decline or demise of the jidai-geki is that various techniques and especially traditions of period manners that have been passed down through jidai-geki specialists will be essentially lost.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Last night on NHK "Closeup Gendai", which is a program discussing public affair issues, they talked about the sharp decline in jidai geki, represented by the end of Mito Komon. They said one major factor was that with more detailed viewer-rating statistics, it was discovered that the jidai geki viewers are more older people, who spend money carefully and so are less attractive to advertisers.
They said one effect of the decline or demise of the jidai-geki is that various techniques and especially traditions of period manners that have been passed down through jidai-geki specialists will be essentially lost.



That's really odd, given that J-history (especially the Sengoku) still seems to be the rage with kids, young adults, and women (who really drive the consumer market in Japan). I suppose this market isn't interested in traditional chanbara/jidaigeki and instead likes the bizarre anime mutant crap like Sengoku Basara/Hakuoki. Well, they can just get the hell off my lawn Just Kidding .
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I noticed they stopped raising Jidaigeki actors.
The last generation of Jidaigeki actors like Takahashi Hideki, Matsudaira Ken, Satomi Kotaro are quite old.

Even when they make special Jidaigeki, they choose to take bizarre Johnney's boys.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That would really be a major shame if the knowledge of period mannerisms, etc. that have been passed down became lost; even allowing for a bit of kabuki-influenced over-acting, such authenticity is key.

Those details, including historic costumes and how they moved in them, are a major reason I watch them to begin with as a koryu practitioner and a writer.

I refer here to the Taiga and both vintage and recent films done with high production values, not the the true "Chambara" which I find mostly silly.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think we can rest assured that DVD and Blu Ray will insure that even if they stop producing jidaigeki today, everything will be preserved for eternity.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Mito Komon Reply with quote
It is sort of like the western in so much as the heyday is completely gone forever .

What remains seems to come in waves ,the Taiga Drama will always remain and subjects like Shinsengumi ,Yoshitsune appeal to a younger crowd ,they will never stop making Chushingura (aaahhhh!!!!!)every other year .

Last two years saw more than the usual amount of films none of which did really well save for the Miike film (13 Assassins ,Hara Kiri was a bomb ) and this year it seems Rouroni Kenshin could turn things around again .

Just like Samurai Tom in 03 it can also take Hollywood to kickstart a genre ,aside from Keanu's 47 Hobbits the Hollywood production of Seven Samurai is back on .
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