She’s back, and badder than ever! Actually, before her monumental fall from grace, actress Erika Sawajiri rose to fame on her innocent image and ability to weep on cue. But after dissing her own film at a press conference she became poison.
On Monday, she takes the lead role in a two-hour adaptation of Sawako Ariyoshi’s classic mystery “Akujo ni Tsuite” (“About an Evil Woman”; TBS, 9 p.m.). It’s 1986, the height of the bubble era, and wealthy businesswoman Kimiko (Sawajiri) falls to her death from a tall building. Did she jump or was she pushed? As acquaintances recount their respective takes on her rags-to-riches life story, they tote up her enemies, in particular the men whom she used to get to the top. Was she a genius, the devil, or a combination of both?
Anne Watanabe, daughter of Hollywood star Ken, takes viewers on a tour of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded by Catherine the Great to house her private collection, the Hermitage is one of the world’s largest storehouses of fine art — with more than 3 million works.
To commemorate the Hermitage collection tour of Japan, which opened in Tokyo on April 25, the special “Kiseki no Bijutsukan” (“Miracle Museum”; Nippon TV, Tues., 10 p.m.) looks at the “riddle of two da Vinci works.” The great Leonardo only completed 10 paintings in his lifetime, and two of them are in the Hermitage, “Madonna Benua” and “Madonna Litta.” Both are controversial, and Watanabe explains why.
CM of the week
Lotte Ghana: Red is the color of my true love’s chocolate bar. Having saturated the air waves during the peak chocolate season surrounding Valentine’s Day, confectionery Lotte tries to sustain the feeling for its long-seller Ghana into another gift-giving season, namely the one surrounding Mother’s Day, which is still a few weeks away.
In the blindlingly scarlet ad, which mimics the packaging color of Ghana, four very attractive and very famous young people — actresses Nozomi Sasaki, Masami Nagasawa and Saki Takei, as well as golf prodigy Ryo Ishikawa — testify to the wonder and beauty of their mothers in an appropriately cheerful, sappy style. However, if you replaced “mother” with “boyfriend”/”girlfriend” in their statements, the ads could have aired in January and no one would have known the difference.