The beloved 1980s NHK television drama “Oshin” is to return on its 30th anniversary.
The producers announced at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that the worldwide smash hit has been remade as a movie as its 30th anniversary approaches. Aya Ueto and SMAP’s Goro Inagaki have been cast in the big screen adaptation of the serial.
The TV series follows the life of heroine Oshin Tanokura from 1907 up to the early 1980s. It consisted of 297 15-minute episodes and is widely regarded as one of the finest dramas ever shown on Japanese TV. Oshin’s strength and determination never to give up hope in the face of adversity became an inspiration to people all over the world. The series was aired in 59 countries and in multiple languages.
In the original series, Ayako Kobayashi played Oshin as a young girl, Yuko Tanaka played her as an adult and Nobuko Otowa played her later in life. At its height, the drama drew a peak rating of 62.9%.
In the movie, Ueto and Inagaki will play Oshin’s parents. The film’s production team told reporters that 2,471 young girls were auditioned for the role of the heroine, before the role was eventually given to 8-year-old model Kokone Hamata, TV Asahi reported Wednesday.
Filming took place in Yamagata Prefecture, where the original series was shot.
The movie is scheduled for release in October.