Yuko Araki & Kengo Kora are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Ex-Boyfriend Mania” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Motokare Mania” by Yukari Takinami and directed by Michiko Namiki. The drama series will follow two former lovers who meet 5 years after their breakup as co-workers.
“Ex-Boyfriend Mania” will first air October, 2019 in Japan.
Mao Inoue is cast in NHK drama series “Boy Torajiro” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Warugaki Shosetsu Torajiro no Kokuhaku” by Yoji Yamada. The drama series will cover the first 14 years in the life of famous fictional character Torajiro Kuruma. He is the main character in the “Tora-san” series of films directed by Yoji Yamada. In the drama series, Mao Inoue will play Mitsuko Kuruma. She is the mother of Torajiro Kuruma. Also cast in the drama series are Katsuya Maiguma, Yuki Izumisawa, Yukino Kishii and Kanji Ishimaru.
“Boy Torajiro” first airs October 19, 2019 in Japan (takes over NHK’s Saturdays 21:00 time slot after “Heron Detective“).
Trailer and main poster added for movie “Honeybees and Distant Thunder” (literal title) starring Mayu Matsuoka, , Tori Matsuzaka, Win Morisaki and Oji Suzuka. Caption on the main poster below asks in Japanese “I wonder, am I still loved by the music God?” Movie is based on 2016 novel “Mitsubachi to Enrai” by Riku Onda and directed by Kei Ishikawa.
“Honeybees and Distant Thunder” will be released October 4, 2019 in Japan.
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Poster and trailer added for upcoming WOWOW drama series “And, Live” (literal title) starring Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi. The drama series is set a few months after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and follows two volunteers who find an attraction with each other. Caption on the poster states in Japanese “I met you and I became strong.” Former Kara idol group member Kang Ji-Young also appears in the drama series in a supporting role. Below are still images from the drama series.
“And, Live” will first air August 4, 2019 in Japan (takes over WOWOW’s Sunday 10PM time slot after “Hand of God.”).
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Hiromitsu Kitayama (‘Kis-My-Ft2’) is cast for the lead role in new TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Million Joe.” In the drama series, Hiromitsu Kitayama will play magazine editor Soichi Kurei. He is devastated when a manga writer dies before finishing a manga series that he is working on and he comes up with an idea. The drama series is based on manga series “Million Joe” by writer Ryoji Toguchi & illustrator Iroha Ichimaru. Hideo Sakaki & Keisuke Shibata will direct the drama series.
“Million Joe” will first air October, 2019 in Japan (takes over TV Tokyo’s Wednesday 1:35 AM time slot after “Soaking Wet Private Detective Hagoromo Mizuno“).
Yosuke Sugino & Haruka Fukuhara are cast in live-action film “Love and Murder of Sheep and Wolf.” Movie is based on manga series “Ana Satsujin” by Rahson and directed by Kayoko Asakura (“It’s a Beautiful Day“). In the film, Yosuke Sugino plays a hikkimori who falls in love with his next door neighbor played by Haruka Fukuhara. The girl could possibly be a killer. Meanwhile, the first teaser trailer for the film has been added on AsianWiki and here are the first 6 still images for the film.
“Love and Murder of Sheep and Wolf” will be released November 29, 2019 in Japan.
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Yuki Furukawa is cast in WOWOW drama series “Evil’s Wave” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2011 novel “Ishi no Mayu Keishicho Satsujin Bunsekihan” and is a spin-off to 2015 WOWOW drama series “Stone’s Cocoon” and 2016 WOWOW drama series “Crystal’s Beating.” Story for “Evil’s Wave” is set before “Stone’s Cocoon” and tells the story of Masato Yaginuma and how he became a killer.
“Evil’s Wave” first airs October, 2019 in Japan.
Tetsuji Tamayama is cast in WOWOW drama series “Top League.” The drama series is based on 2017 novel “Top League” by Hideo Aiba. This is the 4th novel by Hideo Aiba that will be adapted into a WOWOW drama series following “Trembling Cow,” “Blood on the Tracks” and “Unexploded Bomb.” For the drama series, Tetsuji Tamayama will play reporter Naoki Matsuoka. He looks into a case involving a found safe, but dark politics linger in the backdrop.
“Top League” will first air October, 2019 and consist of 6 episodes.
Teaser poster added for upcoming Fuji TV dram series “Daughter of Lupin” (literal title) starring Kyoko Fukada and Koji Seto. The teaser poster features main characters Hana Mikumo (Kyoko Fukada), Kazuma Sakuraba (Koji Seto), Etsuko Mikumo (Maju Ozawa), Wataru Mikumo (Louis Kurihara), Matsu Mikumo (Yoshiko Takehara), Iwao Mikumo (Akaji Maro) and Takeru Mikumo (Atsuro Watabe). KoJi Seto has been reported to have lost 10 kg to play the character of Kazuma Sakuraba. The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Rupan no Musume” by Dai Yokozeki.
“Daughter of Lupin” is now scheduled to first air July 11, 2019 in Japan (takes over Fuji TV’s Thursday 10PM time slot after “Strawberry Night Saga“).
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First still images from tvN drama series “When the Devil Calls Your Name” starring Jung Kyoung-Ho, Park Sung-Woong, Lee Seol and Lee El. The still image at the top is of Jung Kyoung-Ho as popular songwriter Ha Rib. He sells his soul to the devil. The second still image is of Park Sung-Woong as top actor Mo Tae-Kang who just so happens to be a devil.
“When the Devil Calls Your Name” is now scheduled to first air July 31, 2019 in South Korea (takes over tvN’s Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 PM time slot after “Search: WWW“).