Sota Fukushi and Haruna Kawaguchi are cast in new NTV drama series “I Love You, But I Have a Secret” (literal title of “Aishite tatte, Himitsu wa Aru”). The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Sayaka Kuwamura (“A Girl & Three Sweethearts“) and directed by Hayato Kawai. Story for the drama has Sota Fukushi playing law school student Rei Okumori. He holds a dark secret which is that he killed his father who was abusive to his mother. He meets Sawa Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi) at his law school and wants to marry her, but he begins to receive messages from someone that knows his secret. Honami Suzuki will play Rei’s mother Akiko Okumori and Kenichi Endo will play the father of Sawa Tachibana who is a lead public prosecutor.
“I Love You, But I Have a Secret” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
English subtitled trailer added for movie “Her Sketchbook” (English title) starring Mugi Kadowaki & Takahiro Miura. Movie is written and directed by Masaya Ozaki. In movie “Her Sketchbook,” Mugi Kadowaki plays main character Masami Konuma. Her character is a hikkimori and otaku. After not leaving her house for years, her father finally finds her a job at a video gaming company. It turns out she is also quite gifted in drawing manga.
“Her Sketchbook” opens July 15, 2017 in Japan.
Comedian/actress Naomi Watanabe is cast in new TBS live-action drama series “Kanna-san.” The drama series is based on manga series “Kanna san!” by Kahoru Fukaya and screenplay adaptation by Magi. In the drama series, Naomi Watanabe will play Kanna Suzuki. Her character works as a fashion designer and is married to a handsome man. Things get difficult for her after she learns her husband is having an affair and she kicks him out of their house. Kanna Suzuki must now juggle her job and raising her son alone.
“Kanna-san” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
Kento Nagayama and Nao Omori are cast in upcoming TV Tokyo drama series “Izakaya Fuji.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Izakaya Fuji” by Keisuke Kuriyama. For the drama series Kento Nagayama will play aspiring actor Eiichi Nishio. One day, Eiichi Nishio walks by the restaurant Izakaya Fuji and recognizes the establishment from social media pictures. He decides to go in and comes across other actors including Nao Omori.
“Izakaya Fuji” first airs July, 2017 in Japan.
Ryo Nishikido & Mayu Matsuoka are cast in new NTV drama series “My Husband Can Not Work” (literal title). The drama series is scripted by Chiho Watanabe and directed by Toya Sato and Naoko Komuro. The drama series will have Ryo Nishikido playing Tsukasa Kobayashi. He seems like the perfect husband, but he holds a secret from his wife. His secret is that he is horrible at his job and he wants to quit. He then learns that his wife played Mayu Matsuoka is pregnant.
“My Husband Can Not Work” will first air July, 2017 in Japan.
Sho Sakurai, Yu Aoi & Mikako Tabe are cast in new NTV drama series “Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku.” The drama series will be directed by Nobuo Mizuta and scripted by Yasushi Fukuda. Premise for the drama series has Sho Sakurai playing Rosuke Narumi. He works at a trading company which has a business relationship with a private high school experiencing financial problems. Somehow, Rosuke Narumi gets appointed as the school’s new principle. Yu Aoi will play school staff member Chihiro Mashiba and Mikako Tabe will play his girlfriend Satoko Matsubara.
“Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
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.