21 member idol group “Keyakizaka46″ are all cast in new NTV drama series “Zankokuna Kankyakutachi.” The idol group previously appeared together in 2016 TV Tokyo drama series “Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka?” Premise for drama series “Zankokuna Kankyakutachi” is set in the near future and at a high school where privacy is prioritized. 21 female high school students are then locked in a room and their vision is broadcast in real time to the world. The only way for girls to escape is to receive “good” marks from the audience.
“Zankokuna Kankyakutachi” first airs May 18, 2017 in Japan. Read more »
Eiichiro Funakoshi & Aoi Nakamura are cast in NHK drama series “Red Beard” (“Akahige”). The drama series is based on 1958 novel “Akahige Shinryotan” by Shugoro Yamamoto, which was famously adapted by Akira Kurosawa into 1965 film “Red Beard.” In NHK drama series “Red Beard,” Aoi Nakamura plays a young doctor who begins working with Jo Niidekyo (Eiichiro Funakoshi) aka “Red Beard.” The young doctor clashes with Red Beard at first, but eventually learns how to become a real doctor.
“Red Beard” first airs November 3, 2017 in Japan.
9 more supporting cast members have been announced for upcoming NHK drama series “Sego-don” starring Ryohei Suzuki. Now cast in supporting roles are Keiko Kitagawa, Rin Takanashi, Yukiya Kitamura, Mitsuomi Takahashi, Arata Horii, Ikki Sawamura, Yuki Saito, Rumiko Koyanagi and Takeshi Kaga. The drama series is NHK’s 57th taiga series.
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Hiroaki Murakami, Ayame Gouriki and Takanori Jinnai are cast in TV Tokyo drama special “Gosa.” Drama special is based on short story “Gosa” by Seicho Matsumoto. For drama special “Gosa,” Hiroaki Murakami and Ayame Gouriki will play detectives. They investigate the death of a woman at a hot spring. Takanori Jinnai plays a forensics professor.
“Gosa” will first air May 10, 2017 in Japan.
Tomoya Nagase (‘TOKIO’) and Riho Yoshioka are cast for the lead roles in new TBS drama series “Sorry, I Love You” (literal title). The drama series is a remake of 2004 SBS drama series “Sorry, I Love You” which stars So Ji-Sub and Lim Soo-Jung in the lead roles. Also cast in major supporting character roles are Kentaro Sakaguchi and Shinobu Otake. In the upcoming drama series, Tomoya Nagase will play Ritsu Okazaki. After he tracks down his mother, who he thought abandoned him because of poverty, he learns she is living a good life and has a son. He decides to take revenge.
“Sorry, I Love You” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
Here’s a teaser poster for upcoming WOWOW drama series “Shachoshitsu no Fuyu” starring Hiroshi Mikami and Kie Kitano. In addition, more supporting cast members have been announced for the drama series. Additional cast members include Seiji Fukushi, Charlotte Kate Fox, Mantaro Koichi, Ikkei Watanabe, Nao Minamisawa, Hideko Hara and Min Tanaka. The drama series is based on novel “Shachoshitsu no Fuyu” by Shunichi Doba. See still images for the drama series below. “Shachoshitsu no Fuyu” first airs April 30, 2017 in Japan.
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Here’s a teaser poster for upcoming Fuji TV drama series “The Aristocrat Detective” (literal title) starring Masaki Aiba & Emi Takei. In addition, Haruka Kinami is cast to play a major supporting character role. In the drama series, Haruka Kinami will play Yoriko Tamamura. Her character is the daughter of a CEO in charge of running a large company. In ep.1, a murder case takes place at a mountain retreat owned by Yoriko Tamamura’s father.
“The Aristocrat Detective” first airs April 17, 2017 in Japan.
Eita is cast in upcoming live-action TBS drama series “Hello Hari Nezumi.” Also cast in supporting roles are Kyoko Fukada, Go Morita and Tomoko Yamaguchi. The drama series is based on manga “Haro Hari Nezumi” by Kenshi Hirokane and directed by Hitoshi One. In the drama series, Eita will play Goro Nanase. He works with Kyusaku Kogure (Go Morita) and Kaoru Kaze (Tomoko Yamaguchi) at Akatsuka Detective Agency.
“Hello Hari Nezumi” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
Osamu Mukai & Takumi Saito are cast in new WOWOW drama series “Akira and Akira” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Akira to Akira” by Jun Ikeido. Numerous Jun Ikeido novels have been adapted into drama series with his most successful being “Hanzawa Naoki.” In drama series “Akira and Akira,” Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito will play two men with the name of Akira. They come from different backgrounds, but end up working at the same bank.
“Akira and Akira” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
Gen Hoshino is cast in new WOWOW drama series “Plage.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Purajyu” by Tetsuya Honda (“Strawberry Night“) and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshida. WOWOW previously adapted another Tetsuya Honda novel into 2012 drama series “Hitorishizuka” starring Kaho. Drama series “Plage” centers around 32-year-old Takao played by Gen Hoshino. To break the boredom in his life, he decides to go somewhere new, but he ends being arrested for taking a drug stimulant which he did not know he was taking. Eventually he ends up living at the share house “Plage.”
“Plage” will air sometime this summer in Japan.