Ryohei Otani & Rena Takeda are cast in WOWOW drama series “Isekai Izakaya Nobu.” The drama series is based on web novel “Isekai Izakaya Nobu” by Natsuya Semikawa. The fantasy themed drama series is a set at the bar Nobu in Kyoto, but its entrance is connected to an alternate world. Ryohei Otani will play the bar’s owner Nobuyuki Yazawa and Rena Takeda will play waitress Shinobu Senke.
“Isekai Izakaya Nobu” will first air May, 2020 in Japan and will consist of 10 episodes.
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Tomoya Nakamura is cast in NTV drama series “Gourmet Detective Goro Akechi” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro” by Akiko Higashimura (“Princess Jellyfish“). Shintaro Sugawara (“Black School Rules“) & Itaru Mizuno (“Where Have My Skirts Gone?“) will direct the drama series.
“Gourmet Detective Goro Akechi” first airs April, 2020 in Japan.
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Ryoko Shinohara is cast in NTV sequel drama series “The Pride of the Temp.” The drama series follows 2007 NTV drama series “The Pride of the Temp” and will have Ryoko Shinohara reprising her main character role of Haruko Omae. Screenwriter Miho Nakazono will also return to write the screenplay for the sequel drama series.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Employment in Japan, traditionally consisted of hiring someone as a full time employee at a company and they worked for that company until their retirement. Things have changed in recent years. Reform has taken place, that involves outsourcing, introduction of AI and other new methods. In 2020, how will Haruko Omae (Ryoko Shinohara) work?
“The Pride of the Temp” will air April, 2020 in Japan (takes over NTV’s Wednesday 10 PM time slot after “Off the Record.”).
Kentaro Sakaguchi is cast in movie “Signal The Movie” and related drama special “Signal SP.” Both titles are sequels to 2018 Fuji TV drama series “Signal,” which is a remake of 2016 tvN drama series “Signal.” For the movie and drama special, Kentaro Sakaguchi will reprise his role of Police Officer Kento Saegusa. In the Fuji TV drama series, his character found a walkie talkie which allowed him to talk to a detective from the past.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Story continues from the “Signal” drama series. Kento Saegusa (Kentaro Sakaguchi) and Misaki Sakurai (Michiko Kichise) head to the place where Takeshi Ooyama (Kazuki Kitamura) is in the present days.
“Signal The Movie” will be released sometime during 2021 in Japan and “Signal SP” will air around that time.
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Sayu Kubota, Riku Hagiwara, Fuju Kamio, Natsumi Okamoto, and Ayumu Mochizuki are cast in live-action TV Asahi drama series “In the Blunt Box.” The drama series is based on manga series “Nibiiro no Hako no Naka de” by Tomohiro Shinohara and directed by Shinji Kuma (“Psychic Agents“). The drama series follows five teens who live in the same apartment complex and have been friends since their childhood days.
“In the Blunt Box” first airs February 8, 2020 in Japan.
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Lily Franky, Takumi Saito, Sairi Itoh are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Pension: Love Is Pink.” The short 5 episode drama series will be directed by Yasuhiko Shimizu & Ryoma Ouchida and scripted by Yasuhiko Shimizu.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Shiro (Lily Franky) runs the pension “Love Is Pink” (“Koi wa Momoiro”) with his daughter Haru (Sairi Itoh). The pension is located on the outskirts of Tokyo. Haru has a problem with her leg, but she works hard and tries to get more guests. This is unlike her father Shiro, who isn’t interested in attracting more guests. Yoshio (Takumi Saito) is young man who begins to work part-time and lives at “Love Is Pink.”
“Pension: Love Is Pink” first airs January 16, 2020 in Japan.
Trailer and poster added for movie “Extro” starring Kozo Haginoya. The film is setup as a mockumentary-comedy film about an elderly man (Kozo Haginoya) who enjoys acting as an extra on film and drama series sets. The film then takes an unexpected turn. “Extro” already screened at the 2019 Okinawa International Movie Festival and will open March 13, 2020 in Japan. Koji Yamamoto, Yuki Saito, and Yasufumi Terawaki appear in the film in supporting character roles.
Kasumi Arimura is cast in WOWOW drama series “Kasumi Arimura’s Filming Break” (literal title of “Arimura Kasumi no Satsukyu”). The drama series is told in an omnibus fashion with Kasumi Arimura playing herself in each episode. Each episode she spends a 1 day holiday from filming. Directors for the drama series include Hirokazu Koreeda, Rikiya Imaizumi, Santa Yamagishi, Satoko Yokohama & Megumi Tsuno.
“Kasumi Arimura’s Filming Break” will first air March, 2020 in Japan.
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Shiori Akita is cast for the lead female role in MBS drama series “Homeroom” co-starring Yuki Yamada. The drama series is based on webcomic “Homeroom” by Chiyo. For “Homeroom,” Shiori Akita will play Sachiko Sakurai. She is diligent student, but endures unpleasant things everyday at school. Coincidentally, her teacher (Yuki Yamada) is always there to save her.
“Homeroom” will first air January 23, 2020 in Japan.
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Kenta Kiritani and Masahiro Higashide are cast for lead roles in TV Asahi drama series “The Detective and The Prosecutor” (literal title of “Keiji to Kenji: Shokatsu to Chiken no 24ji”). The drama series has an original screenplay scripted by Yasushi Fukuda (“DOCTORS: The Ultimate Surgeon“) and will be directed by Keita Motohashi & Takuro Oikawa. The drama series will have Kenta Kiritani playing Detective Gota Nakaido and Masahiro Higashide playing Prosecutor Shuhei Majima.
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Gota Nakaido (Kenta Kiritani) is a detective at the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Station. Shuhei Majima (Masahiro Higashide) is a prosecutor in the Yokohama District Prosecutors’ Office in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Gota Nakaido is the kind of detective who tries to catch criminals as hard as he can and he wants to be thanked by the victims. Shuhei Majima believes social justice is to gain convictions for criminals. These two men, who are righteous and enthusiastic about their jobs, face various cases and work together to solve them.
“The Detective and The Prosecutor” first airs January, 2020 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Thursday 9PM time slot after “Doctor-X“).