Masaki Okada, Sumiko Fuji and Atsuro Watabe are cast in Fuji TV-Tokai TV drama SP “Daiyukai 2018.” The 1 episode drama special will have Masaki Okada playing Kenichi Tonami. He leads a 3 person team in kidnapping a wealthy woman played by Sumiko Fuji. Atsuro Watabe will play the detective who investigates the case.
“Daiyukai 2018” will air December 14, 2018 in Japan.
Masaki Suda & Mei Nagano are cast in NTV drama series “3rd Grade A Class: From Now On, You Are Hostages” (literal title). The drama series features an original screenplay by Shogo Muto and will be directed by Naoko Komuro & Yuma Suzuki. In the drama series, Masaki Suda plays high school homeroom teacher Ibuki Hiiragi and Mei Nagano plays his student Sakura Kayano. !0 days before graduation, Ibuki Hiiragi tells his students that they are now hostages.
“3rd Grade A Class: From Now On, You Are Hostages” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Takako Tokiwa is cast for the lead role in TBS drama series “The Good Wife.” The drama series is a remake of U.S. television series “The Good Wife.” Also cast in the TBS drama series version are Kotaro Koizumi, Kiko Mizuhara, Takumi Kitamura, Kenichi Takito, Chikako Kaku and Kotaro Yoshida. For “The Good Wife,” Takako Tokiwa will play Kyoko Hasumi. She has lived as a good wife for many years, but, after her husband is arrested, she works once again as an attorney.
“The Good Wife” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
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Yuki Kashiwagi (‘AKB48’) & Kentaro Ito are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Will This Love Is a Checkmate?” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Kono Koi wa Tsumi na no ka!?” by Hyte Torisima. In the drama series, Yuki Kashiwagi plays a 32-year-old shogi chess player with large breasts. Kentaro Ito will play 24-year-old salaryman Taiga Kohinata who is still a virgin. He falls in love with the woman played by Yuki Kashiwagi.
“Will This Love Is a Checkmate?” consists of 4 episodes and will first air December 2, 2018 in Japan.
Ryo Nishikido, Yuko Araki and Eiichiro Funakoshi are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Trace: Kasouken no Otoko.” The drama series is based on manga “Toresu: Kasouken Hoi Kenkyuin no Tsuiso ” by Kei Koga. In the drama series, Ryo Nishikido will play forensic scientist Reiji Mano and Yuko Araki will play rookie forensic scientist Nonna Sawaguchi. They work together to solve cases.
“Trace: Kasouken no Otoko” first airs January 7, 2019 in Japan.
Takayuki Yamada is cast in Netflix drama series “Naked Director” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den” by Nobuhiro Motohashi which is based on the true story of adult film director Toru Muranishi. Masaharu Take will direct the drama series. Takayuki Yamada will play main character Toru Muranishi.
“Naked Director” will be available to stream on Netflix sometime next year.
Kyoko Fukada is cast in TBS live-action drama series “A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” (literal title). Also cast in supporting roles are Kento Nagayama, Ryusei Yokohama and Tomoya Nakamura. The drama series is based on manga “Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi” by Aki Mochida and directed by Ryosuke Fukuda. For the drama series, Kyoko Fukada will play main character Junko Harumi. Her life has not gone well since she failed her college entrance exam. She now works at a private institute when she meets 3 men.
“A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
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Mitsuki Takahata is cast in new TBS drama series “Maison de Police.” The drama series is based on 2018 novel “Maison de Police” by Miaki Kato and directed by Yuichi Sato. Also cast in supporting roles are Hidetoshi Nishijima, Fumiyo Kohinata, Goro Noguchi, Takuzo Kadono and Masaomi Kondo. in drama series “Maison de Police,” Mitsuki Takahata will play rookie detective Hiyori Makino. She investigates a murder case that may be a copycat crime from 5 years earlier.
“Maison de Police” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Yoko Maki is cast for the lead role new NHK drama special “Flaming Attorney” (literal title of “Enjo Bengonin”). Also cast in supporting roles are Riisa Naka, Takanori Iwata, Amane Okayama, Hairi Katagiri, Rumiko Koyanagi, Ryudo Uzaki and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. In the drama special, Yoko Maki plays Miho Watarai. She works as an attorney and runs her office out of the second floor of her parents’ house. The drama special is directed by Tomochika Kasaura and scripted by Yumiko Inoue.
“Flaming Attorney” will air December 15, 2018 in Japan.
Here’s a teaser visual for upcoming WOWOW drama series “A Lone Scalpel” starring Hideaki Takizawa. The teaser visual also reveals that “A Lone Scalpel” will first air January, 2019 in Japan. The drama series is based on novel “Kokou no Mesu: Gekai Toma Tetsuhiko“ by Roran Takayama and follows 2010 film “A Lone Scalpel” which is also based on the same novel. Drama series “A Lone Scalpel” will consist of 8 episodes and air on Sundays at 10PM.