The Absence of War Scenes Overcome Shuri’s Death of Aisuke in NHK Morning Drama “The Queen of Boogie” | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The Absence of War Scenes Overcome Shuri’s Death of Aisuke in NHK Morning Drama “The Queen of Boogie”

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Shuri is the heroine in “Boogie Woogie,” but ……

NHK’s morning drama “Boogie Woogie” is a breathtaking story about the birth of a new life. The joy of the birth of a new life was short-lived, but in the 86th episode broadcast on February 2, Suzuko (Shuri) is stunned by the news of her loved one’s death, and her “9 seconds of silence” is attracting a great deal of attention.

The heroine of this morning drama, Suzuko Fukugi, is modeled on the great postwar star Shizuko Kasagi, who was known as the “Queen of Boogie. It is a human story that brightens up a damaged Japan with her singing, dancing, and natural cheerfulness.

The heroines overcome the long and painful war, believing in the “power of entertainment. However, shortly after the birth of a new life, they receive the news of the death of Aisuke (Tsuneji Mizukami), the love of their lives and the person who understands them the most.

However, there were some who were concerned about this overly dramatic turn of events.

A TV station source revealed, “After considerable discussion within the production department about the timing, Shin Adachi, who is working on the script, said, ‘Although dramatic, this is the most fitting flow,’ and ‘It would be too cruel for Suzuko to be told of Aisuke’s death before she was born.'”

Once, in despair, he said.

I want to die too.

Suzuko once muttered in despair, “I want to die too. However, a letter Aisuke wrote to Suzuko on the verge of her death made her turn her thoughts to the future.

Suzuko-san, if you are having a hard time, please sing to me. And please look at the child who is standing next to you right now with a pretty face. I am sure that if you are with that child, you will be able to live no matter what.

Along with these words, attached were a number of photos taken during their trip to Hakone, where they parted ways for the rest of their lives. If it were not for the scene in Hakone, where the two girls discuss their dreams for each other, “Suzuko’s Resurrection” would have been even more empty.

Although the film has depicted the anguish of entertainment during wartime, the crisis that looms over Suzuko herself has not been depicted much in this film. This is especially true in the scene at the end of the war.

Although food was scarce after the war, the theater reopened and Ritsuko Ibarada (Rinko Kikuchi), known as the “Queen of the Blues,” told Suzuko of her secret feelings and tearfully sang “Farewell Blues” to her. Suzuko also sang “Bugle and Daughter” for the first time in a while. It is a stunning performance and a high declaration that the power of entertainment has been revived.

But something was missing. Am I the only one who felt that way?

Keiwa Okada, a scriptwriter who has worked on three morning dramas, including “Churasan,” “Ohisama,” and “Hiyoko,” has always said, “When a “morning drama” depicts a war, the writer’s ability is questioned.

For example, in the case of “Yale,” a morning drama based on music like “Boogie Woogie,” chief director Teruyuki Yoshida, who also wrote the script, took the script he had already written when filming was suspended due to the “COVID-19 crisis” to depict the anguish of the main character, Yuichi (Masataka Kubota), in a more vivid manner, The script was rewritten to portray the battlefield in an even more vivid manner.

Yuichi goes deep into the hellish Burmese frontline to visit his former teacher (Masataka Kubota) on the day of the concert. On the day of the concert, however, he loses even his former teacher (Naotaro Moriyama) to a sniper’s bullet. Yuichi is unable to accept the reality of what has happened before his eyes and becomes half-crazed. However, the blame for creating wartime songs does not end there.

A young man (Satoma Yamatoki), who was inspired by Yuichi’s songs, went on to the Preparatory Training Course and was eventually killed in the war. When Yuichi’s daughter Hana, who was in love with the young man, sees him grieving, she mutters, “I hate music,” and from that day on, Yuichi is unable to even look at the score. The sense of urgency present in “Yale” is still lacking in the final scene of the war in “Boogie Woogie.

In the scene depicting the birth of a new life and the death of Aisuke, Suzuko’s earnest feelings are clearly conveyed.

In order to fly high, one must crouch down deeply. This is also true in the case of the drama. By carefully depicting the parting of their lives, Suzuko’s grief deepens and her brilliance as the “Queen of Boogie” only shines brighter.

This is the biggest turning point in Suzuko’s life. The drama has finally begun to move forward in a big way here,” said a director of a production company.

Suzuko is in an unprecedented pinch. However, the scene where Suzuko overcomes her predicament is the biggest highlight for Shuri, who plays the heroine.

This week, week 19, is “Tokyo Boogie Woogie. We will finally get to see the heroine soaring high in the sky.

  • Text Ukon Shima (Broadcaster and 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 has also published the e-book series "Ibun chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).

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