Surprise! A popular TV show Orphan Black is getting a Japanese remake of the same title this December. Tokai TV's remake will start airing on December 2nd and it will have 8 episodes in total.
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“Orphan Black” has been the subject of a format deal, which sees the show remade in Japan. It will be the first iteration of the show since the BBC America version.
The Japanese version “Orphan Black – 7 Genes” is produced by Telepack for free to air broadcaster Tokai TV, it will premiere on Fuji Television.
What is more interesting is that the main female role has been given to a Korean actress Kang Ji Young, famous for being an ex-member of KARA. She debuted in Japan a few years ago, both as an actress and singer.
The original “Orphan Black” series was produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with BBC America and Space. It was co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director.
Licensing and the format rights are handled by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The Japanese version was announced at the Asia TV Forum in Singapore.
The plot is identical to the original one:
Aoyama Sara was an orphan and is now a single mother. She has suffered through poverty, lack of understanding from society and other problems that led to her being separated from her daughter. She believes that if she has money, her life will change. One day, Sara sees a woman killing herself by jumping in front of a train. The woman who jumped looks just like her doppelgänger. Sara is stunned, but takes the woman's bag. Since then, her life takes an unpredictable turn.
“This is a truly challenging project from the casting of the lead actress to getting the cinematography and post-production right. The original BBC America ‘Orphan Black’ drama has been well received by audiences worldwide, there is pressure to do the series justice, but there is also an excitement in producing a Japanese version of a global hit, ” said Keisuke Matsumoto, producer at Tokai TV.
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“’Orphan Black’ has won multiple awards and has been seen in over 170 territories around the world. We are confident that the series will resonate with audiences in Japan, South Korea, and the rest of Asia where (Kang) is well-known,” said Soojin Chung, GM of BBC Worldwide in North East Asia.
Check out the official site for more information on 7 Genes.
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