Women's Foreign Country (MBC 1980) Nov 15, 2021 7:56:58 GMT -5
Post by 𝔰𝔢𝔞𝔫𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔩𝔞𝔦𝔯 on Nov 15, 2021 7:56:58 GMT -5
Broadcast Date: November 6th 1980 (on Japanese network Yomiuri TV)
Writers: Shin Bong Seung, Yamada Nobuo
Directors: Pyo Jae Sun, Deme Masanobu
Cast: Kim Young Ran, Go Doo Shim, Lee Jeong Gil, Choi Bul Am, Sekine Geiko, Katsuno Hiroshi
Apparently Writer Shin Bong Seung was very interested in writing this drama, and had been begging to work with writer Yamada Nobuo since the 60s. However, his first conversation with the writer went like this...
"Are you from the North or South?"
"I'm from the South."
"Sorry, but I have no time for you right now."
This conversation happened because Yamada had mistaken Shin for a KCIA spy (?). With the military dictatorship in South Korea in the 60s, Japan had a poor outlook on the country as a scary place, while North Korea, who'd implemented an initiative to help families separated during the Korean War to reunite, was perceived as a paradise.
Eventually in 1979, Yamada came to Korea and worked with Shin to write Women's Foreign Country, a 1-episode drama special based on the Imjin War, but from the perspective of a Korean and a Japanese noble woman. MBC produced the drama in 1980, collaborating with Japanese TV network Yomiuri TV. It was supposed to broadcast on both channels, but only broadcasted in Japan because the casting of Japanese actors in a Korean show proved to be a big problem in Korea.
The drama special apparently proved very popular, garnering a 25% rating during broadcast. People in Japan were also shocked by the portrayals of the war in the show, which included scenes of Japanese soldiers murdering Joseon civilians and sending their ears and noses in salt back to Japan. Yomiuri TV nearly didn't broadcast the show for that scene, which writer Shin insisted be kept. One viewer said of the scene, "it's an embarrassing truth that's hard to believe."
A picture from the show: