MIPCOM Showcase of Kansai TV’s Elpis, Asian World Premiere

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RX France and Kansai TV bring this world premiere during the important International Co-Production and Entertainment Content Market, October 17-20, in Cannes, France.

The presentation will be on Tuesday, October 18 at 18:30 (CET) in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the premiere screening of the production will be followed by a question and answer session with cast member, Toko Miura (star of Drive My Car, winner of the 2021 Best Foreign Language award) alongside award-winning producer, Ayumi Sano (My Dear Exes, Quartet).

MIPCOM is “the mother of all entertainment content markets” and the 38th edition will bring together more than 10,000 high-profile international TV producers, buyers, commissioners and creatives from the industry’s leading studios and platforms around the world. More than 300 exhibiting studios and distributors are confirmed to attend the market.


Inspired by multiple true cases of false accusations, Elpis follows Ena Asakawa (Masami Nagasawa), a former TV host whose star has faded due to a scandal and now runs a less formal late-night magazine show. There, an underrated rookie director, Takuro Kishimoto (Gordon Maeda), begins to doubt a death sentence that, along with Asakawa, makeup artist Cherry (Toko Miura), and star reporter Shouichi Saito (Ryohei Suzuki), they investigate and unravel. as a state conspiracy and cover-up.

Kansai TV, the commercial broadcaster for the Kansai region of Japan, is responsible for successful series such as My Dear Exes, He Who Can’t Marry and My Dangerous Wife. His work has received international recognition, including the US International Film and Video Festival and the Silver Plaque and Television Awards from the Chicago International Film Festival.

“Though it’s a serious problem, Elpis has dark comedy dialogue along with a plot that will have an emotional impact on viewers. We are so proud of what the incredible production team and artists have created, and sharing it first in Cannes with our global industry is a privilege. We believe it is a show that will wow in Japan and internationally this fall,” said Miho Okada, CEO of Kansai TV.

“The global appetite for authentic international drama has never been stronger. The standard has never been higher, with Elpis another outstanding example. We are delighted to host it and bring back the tradition of the Asian world premiere at this year’s MIPCOM,” added Lucy Smith, Director of MIPCOM Cannes and MIPJunior.

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