Madame Butterfly DramaPublished on August 20th, 2011.
Here’s something that’s sure to please fans of opera, theatre, and Japanese drama. Ichikawa Shinichi’s novel Chouchou-san, which was adapted from Giacomo Puccini’s well-known opera Madame Butterfly, will be turned into a drama this November on NHK starring Aoi Miyazaki. (Source: Tokyograph)
The drama, or made-for-tv movie from what I’ve gathered, will be called Doyo Drama Special Chouchou-san and airs on November 19th and 26th. The story follows a young woman from Nagasaki who lost her parents when she was young and is currently an apprentice geisha. Her name is Cio-Cio San in the opera, but also has the nickname “Butterfly.” She meets and marries an American navel officer stationed there, but he soon leaves for America. Unbeknownst to her, her husband never intended to stay marry to her for very long in the first place.
This will be Miyazaki’s first return to the TV screen since her role in NHK’s Atsu-hime in 2008. I know her best as Nana K from 2005 cult-hit NANA. From that role, I can see her play a naive and love-struck girl like Cio-Cio San very well, but I really do hope Shinichi’s adaptation has something new in store for us: story-wise and character-wise.