Thursday, February 14, 2013

The 2013 NHK Taiga Drama

In the San Francisco Bay Area starting on March 3.

The first episode of the 2013 NHK Taiga Drama "Yae's Sakura" (English Subtitled) will be broadcast at 8 PM, with reruns on Saturday at 10 PM, on Ch 38.4 Tokyo TV.

For more info see:

I highly recommend folks tune in if they can.

Still only available for free over the airwaves.

"We don' need no stinkin' cable!"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

47 Ronin Six Times Over

I'm back after taking some time off for other projects and traveling to Tokyo for Comiket and the New Year.

This time I have more recommended films. Six in fact all related to the story of the 47 ronin and their famous attack on Kira's mansion. This story has not only inspired puppet and kabuki plays but also over 80 films. These few below are some of the best and available on English subtitled DVD. In fact I include a DVD release of the kabuki play as well as a silent picture with benshi accompanyment.


47 Ronin
Jitsuroku Chushingura
Kana Tehon Chūshingura
Kon Ichikawa’s 47 Ronin
The Loyal 47 Ronin
Samurai Vendetta (a.k.a. Hakuoki)