Erika Sawajiri cast in new NTV drama series “Become a Mother” (literal title). Also cast in major supporting character roles are Eiko Koike and Yuka Itaya. All three will play mother roles. In the drama series, Erika Sawajiri will play Yui Kashiwazaki. She came to Tokyo from Hokkaido at the age of 19. After her 3-year-old son was kidnapped, she divorced and lived alone. 9 years later her son comes back. Drama series is directed by Satoru Nakajima and scripted by Fumie Mizuhashi.
“Become a Mother” first airs this April in JApan.
Gou Ayano is cast in new NTV drama series “Frankenstein’s Love” (literal title of “Furankenshutain no Koi”). The drama series is scripted by Sumio Omori and directed by Shunsuke Kariyama and Yoshinori Shigeyama. Story for the drama series is set in the present day and follows a monster (Gou Ayano) who was created over a hundred years ago. The monster possesses super physical ability and is immortal, but he years for humans. He then meets a woman Tsugaru and falls in love.
“Frankenstein’s Love” will first air this April in Japan.
Ryusuke Komakine, Shingo Mizusawa and Eita Okuno are cast in TV Tokyo drama series “SR Saitama’s Rapper: Mike’s Lane.” All three actors appeared in the original 2009 movie “8000 Miles” (“SR: Saitama no Rapper”) and they will reprise their characters in the new TV Tokyo drama series version. Yu Irie will also direct the drama series. Story for the drama series will take place 10 years after the movie “8000 Miles.”
“SR Saitama’s Rapper: Mike’s Lane” first airs April 7, 2017 in Japan.
Fumika Shimizu and Rena Matsui (former SKE48 member) are cast in movie “Warau Manekineko” and TBS-MBS drama series “Warau Manekineko.” Both titles are based on 2004 novel “Warau Manekineko” by Yukihisa Yamamoto. The plot for the movie and drama series will tell different stories about the two main characters: Fumika Shimizu as Hitomi Takashiro and Rena Matsui as Akako Honda. The two women work together as comedy duo “Akako to Hitomi,” but they have found little success to date. For the movie “Warau Manekineko,” the two women catch a kid trying to steal Hitomi’s bicycle and this causes their fate to change.
Drama series “Warau Manekineko” will first air March 19, 2017 on MBS and March 21, 2017 on TBS. The drama series will consist of 4 episodes. The movie version of “Warau Manekineko” will be released April 29, 2017 in Japan. Both the movie and drama series will be directed by Ken Iizuka.
Here’s character visuals (posters) of Masami Nagasawa and Tsuyoshi Muro in upcoming live-action film “Gintama” starring Shun Oguri.
In the upcoming live-action film, Masami Nagasawa plays Tae Shimura. She is the older sister of Shinpachi Shimura (Masaki Okada). In the character visual, she possesses a gentle smile, but she is extremely capable in combat. Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Muro plays Gengai Hiraga. He is an inventor whom Gintoki Sakata (Shun Oguri) trusts. He owns a karakuri (traditional mechanical puppets) store.
“Gintama” will be released July 14, 2017 in Japan.
Yuina Kuroshima cast in new WOWOW drama series “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan” by Nariko Narita and directed by Yukiko Mishima (“Bread of Happiness“). In the drama series, Yuina Kuroshima will play lonely high school student Fu Sawatari. She discovers a house “Sumikko Gohan” where people gather to eat happily.
“Tokyo Sumikko Gohan” will first air May, 2017 in Japan.
Mirei Kiritani is cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent.” The drama series is based on the manga of same name by Hiromi Okubo. In the drama series, Mirei Kiritani will play main character Jun Jonochi. She works at a paper manufacturing company. Her character doesn’t hold any interest in making herself attractive, until she notices that others don’t view her as a woman. Hiroaki Matsuyama will direct the drama series and Tomoko Aizawa will write the screenplay adaptation. The duo previously worked together in 2012 Fuji TV drama series “The Locked Room Murders.”
“Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent” will first air April, 2017 in Japan.
Kyoka Suzuki and Koji Seto are cast in new TV Tokyo drama special “Toga no Hito.” The drama special is based on 2013 novel “Toga no Hito” by Arimasa Osawa and directed by Akimitsu Sasaki. In the drama special, Kyoko Suzuki plays former detective Shizuri Maki. She quit her job after her partner Detective Maeda died while protecting her. She then meets Detective Maeda’s son (played by Koji Seto) while visiting his grave.
“Toga no Hito” airs this spring in Japan.
Ryoko Hirosue, Mirai Moriyama & Yuri Kanari are cast in new WOWOW drama special “Inagakike no Moshu.” The drama special is based on an original screenplay by Goro Koyama. His screenplay won the 9th WOWOW Scenario Award in 2015. Story for the drama series follows a child (Yuri Kanari) who gets nervous in front of people and becomes terrified by the thought of making a speech at a funeral like his father just did. He then worries about his uncle (Mirai Moriyama) and aunt (Ryoko Hirosue) who are single. He tries to get them married to avoid making a speech at their funerals.
In addition, a teaser trailer for “Inagakike no Moshu” can be viewed at AsianWiki. “Inagakike no Moshu” will air March 18, 2017 in Japan.
Shun Oguri & Hidetoshi Nishijima are cast in new Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Crisis.” The drama series is scripted by Kazuki Kaneshiro (“SP”) and directed by Kosuke Suzuki & Keiichiro Shiraki. The drama series has Shun Oguri and Hidetoshi Nishijima playing members of a secret Special investigation Team at the National Police Agency. They take on cases involving important political matters and dirty jobs for the government.
“Crisis” will first air this April in Japan.