After Coffee Prince and Hana Kimi comes Kuroki Meisa in a biopic of Kawashima Yoshiko
(Japanese online news source: Mainichi) After playing a nun alongside Kamenashi Kazuya in One Pound Gospel, Kuroki Meisa now takes up the challenge of playing prominent cross-dressing war figure (the word heroine may be a bit politically testy) Kawashima Yoshiko in Asahi TV’s new dorama, to be aired later in the year, [男装の麗人（仮）～川島芳子の生涯～]. (Dansou no Reijin – The beauty who dressed as a guy- the Life of Kawashima Yoshiko). Another cross-dressing role! Well well.
You can read Kawashima Yoshiko’s full biography here at Wikipedia, but the main gist of it is that she was a Manchurian Princess (hence her surname was Asin Gioro 愛新覺羅) given to a Japanese, Kawashima Naniwa by the Imperial family as a ‘token’ of friendship. Even though she was Manchurian by blood, she grew up in Nagano, Japan, and worked as spy for the Japanese during WW2. Hailed as a traitor by the Chinese, but perhaps a heroine by the Japanese, I’m now wondering if the dorama will cause any uh… tensions when it finally airs. o_o. Does sound interesting though. Especially as Kawashima Yoshiko purportedly had a passion for cross-dressing, a ‘dominant personality’ and a beautiful and striking face.
Which was why I linked it to Coffee Prince and Hana Kimi, though the genre is really oceans apart ( historical drama versus manga-styled romantic comedies). Nevertheless the common thread is still there.
Kuroki Meisa (by the way, how did a mixed latin american-Okinawan girl come to play a Manchurian? Erps. Kawashima Yoshiko seems pretty Chinese, even Japanese-looking to me!) will play Kawashima from ages 14-35, after which Maya Miki (44) will play Kawashima till her execution. Yagi Yuki (7) will play Kawashima as a kid.
The picture above on the right strikes me as rather Oscar Wilde-ish, though the parallel be imperfect. By the way, just in case anybody’s interested, Anita Mui had played Kawashima Yoshiko’s role before.
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