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Kirsch, Griseldis (2019) 'Recreating Memory? The Drama Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai and Its Remakes.' In: Guarné, Blai, Lozano-Méndez, Artur and Martinez, Dolores, (eds.), Persistently Postwar: Media and the Politics of Memory in Japan. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 85-102.

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Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (I Want to Be a Shellfish), the story of a soldier unfairly tried for war crimes, is one of Japan’s longest running media fran chises. First produced as a television drama by the private station KRT (later called TBS)¹ in 1958, it borrows motifs from the 1953 essay Kuruerū Senpanshikeishū (A Mad War Criminal on a Death Row) by Katō Tetsutarō (2007), himself a pardoned BC (lesser crimes) class war criminal,² and was turned into a film in 1959. After the original drama, TBS remade it in 1994; and later Nihon TV also jumped on...

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
ISBN: 9781785339592
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Persistently Postwar: Media and the Politics of Memory in Japan by Berghahn Books
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 09:17
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