Are you ready for epic, folks? We’re talking feel good story of a nation rebuilding after a war, resilient and cute dogs, a snowy harsh environment, bromance up the wazoo, and did I forget to mention KimuTaku? Next week sees the premiere of Nankyoku Tairiku (The Antarctic Mainland) on October 16th, the drama being both the 60th anniversary production from TBS and Kimura Takuya‘s one dorama of the year. Below is the latest teaser trailer, which continues to look all sorts of awesome and realistic, and a 14-minute showcase video presenting snippets from the drama and a behind-the-scenes look at the lavish re-creation of 1950s Japan plus the cast filming for two months in the harshest North of Hokkaido (the stand-in for Antarctica). Imma so watching this baby!
Teaser for Nankyoku no Tairiku:
Presentation Video for Nankyoku no Tairiku:
I wish I could translate everything but it’s just too long and I’m just too lazy. For the most part, the cast discussed what an honor to was to film a drama based on the true story of the first Japanese scientific expedition to the South Pole, and how challenging it was even to film the drama in Hokkaido. The drama really was about a time when Japan was rebuilding after losing World War II, and needed something to unite the country and buoy the people’s spirits. The expedition became a source of national pride for the country, and an honor for the men participating in it. Going up against NT will be Kim Tae Hee and Nishijima Hidetoshi‘s Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, which premieres a week after NT on October 23, 2011. I”m so planning to watch both and see where it goes from there.