Kazuya Kamenashi (‘KAT-TUN’) is cast for the lead role in new Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Final Cut.” Also cast in supporting roles are Kanna Hashimoto, Naohito Fujiki, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kento Hayashi, Yuya Takaki (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’), Tetta Sugimoto, Miki Mizuno and Ichiro Yatsui (member of comedy duo ‘Eleki Comic’). Story for “Final Cut” has Kazuya Kamenashi playing Keisuke Nakamura. He tries to find the killer of a girl that people accused his mother of killing. The murder took place 12 years ago and, after his mother was accused of the murder, she committed suicide.
“Final Cut” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer and teaser poster added for upcoming movie “Recall” starring Tomoya Nagase and Dean Fujioka. Movie is based on 2006 novel “Soratobu Taiya” by Jun Ikeido and directed by Katsuhide Motoki (“Samurai Hustle“). WOWOW previously adapted the novel into 2009 drama series “The Flying Tire” (literal title). Story for the film follows the owner (Tomoya Nagase) of a trucking company as he tries to prove a a faulty tire was the cause of a fatal accident.
“Recall” is now set for release June 15, 2018 in Japan.
Mackenyu Arata is cast in new NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills” starring Kento Yamazaki and Mugi Kadowaki. For drama series “Kiss that Kills,” Mackenyu Arata will play major supporting character Takauji Namiki. He is the son of a CEO and he is a figure who holds a key to the story. Takauji Namiki is in conflict with Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki).
“Kiss that Kills” airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Suzu Hirose is cast in NTV drama series “Anone” (working title). Yuko Tanaka is also cast as a major supporting character. The drama series will be directed by Nobuo Mizuta and scripted by Yuji Sakamoto. Story for the drama series will follow a young girl (Suzu Hirose) who is an outcast from society and she meets an old woman (Yuko Tanaka) who takes her in.
“Anone” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.
Nanase Nishino (‘Nogizaka46’) is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Denei Shojo: Video Girl Ai 2018” co-starring Shuhei Nomura. In drama series “Denei Shojo: Video Girl Ai 2018,” Nanase Nishino will play video girl Ai Amano. Her character has been sealed in a video cassette for the past 25 years and she suddenly steps out a video played by Sho Moteuchi (Shuhei Nomura). Ai Amano then lives with Sho Moteuchi and she sometimes gets embarrassed by the present world which has changed a lot from the 1990’s. The drama series is based on manga series “Denei Shojo: Ai-hen” by Masakazu Katsura.
“Denei Shojo: Video Girl Ai 2018” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.
Hiroki Hasegawa is cast in TBS drama special “Tocho Bakuha.” Also cast in supporting roles are Koji Kikkawa, Lily Franky, Shinobu Terajima and Atsuro Watabe. The drama special will have Hiroki Hasegawa playing Yuji Hongo. His wife and daughter become hostages at an office building by international terrorists. He slips into the building to save his wife and daughter. Movie is based on 2001 novel” Tocho Bakuha!” by Tetsuo Takashima.
“Tocho Bakuha” will air January 2, 2018 in Japan.
Kyoko Fukada and Kenichi Matsuyama are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru.” The duo will play a married couple who move into a new house and try to have a baby. “Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.
Mugi Kadowaki is cast in NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills” co-starring Kento Yamazaki. In the drama series, Mugi Kadowaki will play a mysterious woman who is able to kill with a kiss. She appears in front Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki) and chases Otaro Dojima.
“Kiss that Kills” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Kang Ji-Young (ex Kara member) is cast in Tokai TV drama series “Orphan Black.” The drama series is a remake of Canadian TV series “Orphan Black” which first aired on Space and BBC America in 2013. In the drama series, Kang Ji-Young will play 7 different characters including a single mother, a graduate student and an assassin. One of her characters, Sara Aoyama learns that she is a clone.
“Orphan Black” will first air December 2, 2017 in Japan.
Jun Shison is cast in NHK drama series “Life As a Girl.” The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Joshi teki Seikatsu” by Tsukasa Sakaki. For the drama series Jun Shison will play Miki Ogawa. His character is a transgender person, now living as a woman. The 4 episode drama series will be scripted by Riko Sakaguchi and directed by Shinzo Nitta. Also cast in supporting roles are Keita Machida, Shiori Tamai (‘Momoiro Clover Z’), Hyunri and Fuka Koshiba.
“Life As a Girl” first airs January 5, 2018 in Japan.