Koharu Sugawara, the world-famous dancer whose “stunning ballad” is the talk of the town, is taking on the drama “Paripi no Komei” with “no dancing”. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Koharu Sugawara, the world-famous dancer whose “stunning ballad” is the talk of the town, is taking on the drama “Paripi no Komei” with “no dancing”.

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Koharu Sugawara (right) is internationally acclaimed as a dancer. However, in “Palipi Komei,” she has sealed off her dance ……

Koharu Sugawara, a world-renowned dancer, is coming to the stage in the drama “Palipi Komei” (Fuji TV), and on November 8 she sang a ballad without dancing, leaving viewers in awe.

In this work, the genius military strategist Zhuge Kongming (Osamu Mukai) is reincarnated in present-day Shibuya. He leads a young girl, Eiko (Kamihiraishi Moeka), who aspires to become a singer, to success in this coming-of-age comedy about music.

Sugawara, who plays the role of “Mia Iriomote,” an artist, suddenly gave a sharp dance performance in the first episode with four dancers in tow. She showed the audience that she is a dancer in her own right.

Moeta Kamihiraishi, who watched the live performance with the audience, was overwhelmed from start to finish, saying, “She has energy like the sun,” “She gives me energy every time I see her,” “Her acting and dancing are really wonderful, and I think that only Ms. Sugawara could play Mia. If it weren’t for Koharu Sugawara, this film wouldn’t have been such a hit.

After graduating from high school, Sugawara moved to Los Angeles. After establishing her own dance style, she became involved with domestic and international artists such as SMAP, Namie Amuro, Girls’ Generation, Daichi Miura, and MISHA, and worked as a choreographer and backup dancer.

It is still fresh in our minds that Sugawara’s stunning collaborative performances with Fuyumi Sakamoto in 2004 and Genji Yonezu in 2006 at the NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Singing Contest) left many viewers in stitches.

Sugawara has now made her first appearance in a commercial TV drama series, and is making a big impact. She is making a big impact.

Sugawara plays “Mia Iriomote,” a young woman who is fed up with her music career because she is not allowed to sing the ballad numbers she has always wanted to sing. The military strategist Kongmyou sees through Mia’s heart and sends her to a music special instead of Eiko.

The studio was in an uproar when Mia took off her red cap. However, no one could stop Mia, who sang “Dreamer” written by Eiko in her edgy husky voice without dancing. The story goes that Mia herself was signed by “V-EX,” one of the three major labels, after her song became known on the music scene as a rare masterpiece.

The fact that the audience felt no sense of discomfort with this development was entirely due to the superb performance by Sugawara, who plays Mia. The netizens also commented

I got goosebumps.

“She was so cool, I was shaking.

I cried when Mia sang.

I cried at Mia’s singing voice.

However, this is not the first time that Koharu Sugawara has captured the hearts of viewers by “shutting out the dancing.

The first time Sugawara appeared in a TV drama was in the 1919 historical drama “Idaten: Tokyo Olimpic Jumei” (NHK). In this drama, Sugawara played the role of Kinue Hitomi, the first Japanese to compete in the Olympics and win a silver medal.

While having a complex about her own physique, Hitomi’s appearance is that of a wild beast, as she is in possession of her outstanding physical abilities. On the other hand, she was ridiculed as a ‘monster,’ and her sensitive performance, in which she casts her eyes down in frustration and embarrassment, attracted a lot of attention,” said a producer from the production company.

Her showcase will come at the Amsterdam Olympics. She was not selected in the 100-meter run, where she was expected to medal. Alone in the athletes’ waiting room, Hitomi is depressed and begs to compete in the 800-meter race, which she has never run before. She pleaded with the coaches and male athletes who opposed her,

The men can go home even if they lose, but the women cannot. But women cannot. If we lose, we are no good as women. They would laugh at us and say that it is useless to imitate men. The hopes and dreams of all women athletes in Japan will be lost because of me.

The scene in which she tearfully appeals to the audience had many members of the press sobbing in the screening room.

One more thing. In 2009, Sugawara played the role of Monet in the morning drama “Okaeri Monet” (NHK), which won the hearts of viewers by “sealing off the dance. Sugawara played the role of wheelchair marathoner Yuki Samejima.

The muscles showing on her sweaty back were the very essence of an athlete. She also has an episode in which she rode a wheelchair home from NHK to train on her own. One unforgettable scene was his performance at the Olympic trials, where he had to compete in the Olympics.

The sharp glint in her eyes is exactly like Koharu Sugawara when she dances. I remember Sugawara once said about her performance, ‘It’s just like dancing in that when you strip away all the skills and techniques, you end up with only your soul,'” said a director of a production company.

Following the historical drama “Idaten” and the morning drama “Okaeri Monet,” Sugawara has “sealed off” dance for the third time. As the final episode of “Palipi Komei” is approaching, is it extravagant to wish to see Mia Iriomote’s performance again, surpassing that famous scene? ……

  • Text Ukon Shima (Broadcaster, Video Producer)

    He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). She is also publishing the e-book series "Ibun Chakurezuregusa.

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