The Japanese TV channel TV Asahi will be celebrating its 55 years of broadcasting by showing a brand new TV remake of Kurosawa’s 1949 film Stray Dog. The new remake will be shown on the channel on January 19, 2013.
The film is directed by the primarily television director Yasuo Tsuruhashi and stars Yoosuke Eguchi as detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune in the original version) and Ryooko Hirosuke as Yusa.
Stray Dog is not the first recent Kurosawa remake produced by TV Asahi. In 2007, the channel broadcast remakes of Ikiru and High and Low, the latter of which was also directed by the Stray Dog director Yasuo Tsuruhashi. As with their previous Kurosawa remakes, TV Asahi’s Stray Dog appears to be modernised and fairly substantially altered from the original.
More information is available in Japanese over at the TV Asahi website.
18 January 2013
Just a reminder that this TV remake will be airing tomorrow. If you are interested in watching it, send me an email, as I may have found a way to watch the channel online.
The program will be shown on Saturday evening at 21:00 local time, which converts to 12:00 (noon) UTC.