Photographer's Note

I was watching Japanese television in my hotel room late at night. Flicking through the J-doramas, music chart shows, the weather, a programme about a woman who drives a taxi, some confusing manga, and some crazy games shows, I found this period drama set in old Edo Tokyo.

I'm not sure what was going on but it played out like an episode of 'The Shield', 'Dragnet' or 'NYPD Blue'. Some Samurai went into a town, found out there was some trouble, kicked ass and took names, and then left all happy that crime had been punished and justice served.

I took this just as the Samurai were squaring off against a band of Ninja-types.
"You are under arrest!" the man is saying (I'd imagine... he said it in Japanese and even if I could remember what he said I wouldn't have understood it...).

Needless to say a fight broke out and much entertainment was had.

Among the games shows of injury, music videos of beautiful nymphettes, and the tear-jerking J-doramas, I was a little surprised to see this programme.

I guess that films and TV series set in ancient Japan are still as popular as ever.

Anyone who has seen Kitano's "Zatoichi" can testify to the quality of these modern takes on Kurosawa's kind of work ("Seven Samurai" and "Kagemusha", for example).

Zatoichi -
Kagemusha -
Seven Samurai -

UPDATE: Thanks to comments I can identify the programme as "Mitokomon". ^_^

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