Mipcom’s Asian world premiere puts the spotlight on the female Japanese reporter

CANNES — Three filmwomen from Japan descended on the Croisette on Tuesday for Mipcom’s Asian world premiere of Kansai TV’s groundbreaking female TV reporter series “Elpis,” set in Japan’s male-centric TV universe.

In the storyline, a scandal has a journalist demoted to “Friday Bonbon,” a show far less serious than the newscast she was previously involved with. However, she soon gets her mojo back by investigating a complicated murder case with the help of some high-level friends.

It’s not necessarily easier to be a producer than a reporter in Japan, Sano said. The industry lags behind the breakthrough of women in the film “10 years”.

So producing the show was an extraordinary effort by Sano, whose previous credits include “My Dear Exes” and “Quartet.”

Not to mention the added complication of the pandemic. Both the cast and crew members contracted the virus, which added a month to the completion of the first episode, she said.

“Japan is such a traditional society that women are still expected to be housewives and bear and care for children,” Sano said diversity, speaking through a translator. “Also, the set hours are so long that it’s impossible for women to juggle everything.”

things change “I was inspired by American women telling people to fuck off. It gave me courage. Like the character on the show, we started responding,” she added with a chuckle. “That’s exactly the point of this show. If you have something to say, say it out loud. Hopefully this will empower Japanese women.”

Sano has been working in television for more than 15 years.

“It is a great honor for us to be here in Cannes,” she said. “I can hardly believe it. I hope the show gives viewers a glimpse into the media world for women reporters in Japan.”

Rising star Miura added, “I think it’s a tipping point in Japan where women reporters are becoming more powerful and we’re honored to be a part of that shift with this show.”

Sano said she based the story of “Elpis” on several criminal cases and summarized the facts about her for screenwriter Aya Watanabe, who turned it into a series.

The series was primarily developed for a Japanese audience. “It’s an important story that needs to be told to local audiences to herald change for women,” Miura said. “It’s often old men who have to make all the decisions, even getting the green light for productions, and they don’t really understand our cause.”

Sano added: “We have fought for these causes for a long time. With projects like this, things get easier. Companies want projects like this. They accept her, but they don’t really know what the struggle of women in society is.”


Photo credit: Kansai TV

https://variety.com/2022/tv/global/toko-miura-ayumi-sano-elpis-1235407067/ Mipcom’s Asian world premiere puts the spotlight on the female Japanese reporter

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